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  1. Though the podium is pretty massive and tall, VSLP's tower itself has a really small footprint. I'd wager it tops out before BNC. 628 St-Jacques took forever to be excavated and the basement levels built (lots of different constraints), but it's going up pretty quickly now. They're doing about 1floor/week and the TDC towers were averaging about 1.5, so I think it's doable. Let's just see how long the first couple of levels go, they always seem to take the longest.
  2. Vacances de construction 2021? Je penserait peut-etre fin Juin '21, mais 200m c'est quand meme beaucoup a monter dans un an.
  3. Perhaps the famous Concordia property on Crescent....
  4. Looks like another 3-4 weeks. Not too bad.
  5. No, you'll still have to use the Estacade in order to access the Voie Maritime. The Champlain path will go from IDS to the South Shore directly. The Estacade won't be demolished, so this access should be here to stay.
  6. If you try on a Bixi, I promise to give it a go on my road bike, lol. My normal method to abuse my heart/lungs is to climb Cote St-Luc road from Decarie to Victoria. Peel's got to be twice as tough and maybe worse than Camillien-Houde on that top section (Dr Penfield > Des Pins) 😛
  7. Yes, an average 10% grade over 700M is fairly tough for an avid cyclist on a light carbon fibre road bike; cleaning a climb like that on a Bixi would require Lance Armstrong fitness levels. I'm pretty sure the plans call for the Peel bike lane to end at De Maisonneuve, which makes a lot of sense.
  8. I guess it's apropos for an athletic club...
  9. I'd imagine the slopped sides prevent ice from forming in the first place.
  10. Do you know for sure it's 168m? La Presse might be off a bit. Your scoop from September mentioned 199m, which is closer to the 220m over sea level that was quoted. The elevation at that point in town is something like 30m and definitely isn't 52m. Also, they've mentioned these will be the tallest residential buildings in the city and Victoria Sur le Parc will be 200m...
  11. They will be rectangular, but Humaniti is quite a bit longer on the long side: roughly 75M, since it takes up almost the entire block it's on. If the schematic that @IluvMTL posted earlier on pg. 44 is accurate, these towers will be about 60x15 and will of course be a lot taller than Humaniti, so should present a much slimmer profile from either side.
  12. I just saw CTV Montreal`s report on the project and they interviewed Pierre Pelletier from Fiera. He mentioned something interesting: the floorplate of each building will only be 10 000 sq-ft, so they should be quite slim. I'm not sure what a typical residential tower floorplate is, but the CIBC tower is quoted as 15 000 and it's pretty slim itself, so looks good! *Edit: I just looked up 432 Park Avenue and it has 8250 sq-ft floorplates. These towers will be less than half the height of 432, but they should still appear quite slender; more so than even TDC2/3.
  13. Thanks! That gives us a better idea of what it'll look like as we wait for renderings. I guess with 196 parking spaces, there's plenty of time before this gets above ground; with a footprint that small it's going to be deep. Maybe they'll put the entrance directly on the Ville-Marie instead of on Saint-Laurent ?
  14. These buildings have already been hollowed out and renovated in the past. Keeping Victorians intact is a good initiative, but in this case, restoring the facades and building modern housing above them seems most appropriate. This is right downtown where 2-storey houses are somewhat out of place; it works if something like a pub or restaurant is a tenant (Bishop-Crescent-St-Denis-etc.), not so much for housing. Just my opinion of course, and I am glad they won't simply be torn down like their former neighbors.