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  1. Projet locatif de 19 étages à côté de Concordia http://www.lobby.gouv.qc.ca/servicespublic/consultation/AfficherInscription.aspx?NumeroInscription=3teoJdC%2bIdl2362AMJKTRg%3d%3d#D107088
  2. Nom: Holiday Inn Montréal Centre-Ville Hauteur en étages: 37 Hauteur en mètres: 120 Coût du projet: Promoteur: Canvar Architecte: Architex Group Entrepreneur général: Emplacement: coin sud-ouest intersection René-Lévesque / Lucien L'Allier Début de construction: Fin de construction: Site internet: http://www.himtl.com Lien webcam: Autres informations: 250 logements, 220 chambres d'hôtel dans les 10 premiers étages Rumeurs: Aperçu artistique du projet: Maquette: Autres images: Vidéo promotionnelle:
  3. - On peu voir le Queen's Hotel sur la rue Peel, coin Saint-Jacques, et l'annexe à coté. Démolition de l'annexe:
  4. Nom: Icône Hauteur en étages: 40 Hauteur en mètres: 146 Coût du projet: 120 000 000,00$ Promoteur: Stationnement Metropolitain et Groupe Essaris Architecte: Béïque, Legault, Thuot Architectes Entrepreneur général: Pomerleau Emplacement: Coin nord-est de la Montagne / René-Lévesque O. Début de construction: Printemps 2013 pour la phase 1 Fin de construction: Juin 2016 pour la phase 1 Site internet: http://iconecondos.com/ Lien webcam: Autres informations: Le restaurant Queue de Cheval sera transformé en Bier Markt au courant de 2013. La tour de 40 étages (phase 1) sera composée de 357 appartements (condos). La tour de 27 étages (phase 2) sera composée de commerces, bureaux, appartements locatifs et hôtel, La queue de cheval déménage temporairement à 1234 de la montagne et ce jusqu'au fin des travaux à 1181 de la montagne. Rumeurs: 70% vendu en date de avril 2013 Images (cliquez pour agrandir) : Vidéo promotionnelle:
  5. Je crois que ça a passé sous le radar régional mais "Les Centres d’Achats Beauward" prévoient construire un nouveau centre de congrès à St-Hyacinthe, agrémenté d'un hôtel de 200 chambres à proximité de l'ancien Hôtel des Gouverneurs qu'ils ont acquis et qu'ils vont démolir (c'était tout pourri apparemment). En gros, ils reconstruisent un équivalent contemporain, connecté à leur centre d'achat. Pour la petite histoire locale, il y a une guéguerre avec un autre centre d'achat de la région, ça s'accuse de magouilles etc, il y a des détails dans l'article. Ah, oui, le PA de Beauward est ni plus ni moins que Marc-A. Bibeau.
  6. Nom: Hôtel Mount Stephen Hauteur en étages: 11 Hauteur en mètres: Coût du projet: 25 000 000,00$ Promoteur: Groupe Tidan Architecte: Lemay Entrepreneur général: Emplacement: Début de construction: Fin de construction: printemps 2017 Site internet: Lien webcam: Autres informations: Hôtel de 80 chambres sera construit à l'arrière de l'immeuble Rumeurs: Aperçu artistique du projet: Maquette: Autres images: Vidéo promotionnelle:
  7. http://ici.radio-canada.ca/regions/montreal/2016/09/26/007-gare-train-aeroport-montreal-trudeau-rem-servir-pas-caisse-trace-site.shtml
  8. http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/good-architecture-pays-french-expert <header class="entry-header" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px; font-family: BentonSans-Regular, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The good, the bad and the ugly: French expert assesses Montreal architecture MARIAN SCOTT, MONTREAL GAZETTE More from Marian Scott, Montreal Gazette Published on: April 13, 2016 | Last Updated: April 13, 2016 7:00 AM EDT </header><figure class="align-none wp-caption post-img" id="post-783124media-783124" itemprop="associatedMedia" itemscope="" itemid="http://wpmedia.montrealgazette.com/2016/04/montreal-que-april-6-2016-emmanuel-caille-is-an-edito.jpeg?quality=55&strip=all&w=840&h=630&crop=1" itemtype="http://schema.org/ImageObject" style="margin: 0px 0px 2em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; overflow: hidden; color: rgb(255, 255, 255); float: none;"><figcaption class="wp-caption-text" itemprop="description" style="margin: -1px 0px 0px; padding: 10px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; zoom: 1; text-align: right; background: rgb(12, 12, 12);"> Emmanuel Calle, editor of the French architecture magazine "d'a", at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Caille shared his thoughts on Montreal's architecture. MARIE-FRANCE COALLIER </figcaption></figure>SHAREADJUSTCOMMENTPRINT What would an international expert think of Montreal’s recent architecture? To find out, the Montreal Gazette took French architecture critic Emmanuel Caille on a walking tour of downtown and Griffintown. He also visited the $52.6-million indoor soccer stadium that opened last year in the St-Michel district. Caille, the editor of the Paris-based architecture magazine “d’a”, was in town to take part in a panel discussion last week on architectural criticism, organized by the Maison de l’architecture du Québec and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). Caille’s verdict on our fair city ranged from a thumbs-up for the pricey new soccer stadium to shocked incredulity over a new hotel annex to the Mount Stephen Club, a historic mansion at 1440 Drummond St. <figure id="attachment_783141" class="wp-caption post-img size_this_image_test align-center" itemprop="associatedMedia" itemscope="" itemid="photo url" itemtype="http://schema.org/ImageObject" style="margin: 0px auto 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; overflow: hidden; color: rgb(255, 255, 255); float: none; max-width: 100%; width: 1000px;"><figcaption class="wp-caption-text wp-caption" style="margin: -1px 0px 0px; padding: 10px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; zoom: 1; text-align: right; background: rgb(12, 12, 12);"> The Mount Stephen Club. DARIO AYALA / MONTREAL GAZETTE </figcaption></figure>Built from 1880-83 for Lord Mount Stephen, the first president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, it has been in the news recently after suffering structural damage during construction of the annex. Caille, an architect as well as an editor, did not comment on the structural problems, but he did give a visual assessment of the hotel addition, an 11-storey cement-panel structure tucked behind the mansion. “It’s quite brutal in the city,” he said. From de Maisonneuve Blvd., the hotel addition presents a view of three blank walls with a shed-style roof. “It’s astonishing. It’s bizarre,” he said. Caille was also perplexed by the front façade, dotted with small windows of different sizes. “What is not obvious is what relationship there is between this building and the mansion. I don’t see any,” he added. The hotel addition shows why projects should not be conceived in isolation, Caille said. City planners should have put forward a vision for the entire block, which includes an outdoor parking lot on de la Montagne St. that would have made a better site for a high rise, he said. Interesting alleyways and outdoor spaces could have been included, he said. “Everybody is turning their back to one another,” he said of how the different properties on the block don’t relate to each other. At the Ritz-Carlton hotel on Sherbrooke St., Caille said a glass condo addition completed in 2013 is a good example of how to update a historic building for modern use. But he criticized white PVC windows on the hotel’s Sherbrooke St. façade for their thick frames and mullions, which don’t suit the building. “That’s horrible,” he said. “Windows are the eyes of a building. When women use an eye pencil to emphasize their eyes, it changes everything.” <figure id="attachment_783158" class="wp-caption post-img size_this_image_test align-center" itemprop="associatedMedia" itemscope="" itemid="photo url" itemtype="http://schema.org/ImageObject" style="margin: 0px auto 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; overflow: hidden; color: rgb(255, 255, 255); float: none; max-width: 100%; width: 997px;"><figcaption class="wp-caption-text wp-caption" style="margin: -1px 0px 0px; padding: 10px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; zoom: 1; text-align: right; background: rgb(12, 12, 12);"> Construction workers work on the District Griffin condo project in Griffintown. DARIO AYALA / MONTREAL GAZETTE </figcaption></figure>In Griffintown, Caille was unimpressed by the banal architecture of condo towers that have sprouted in recent years in the former industrial district, which is undergoing rapid transformation. But the former Dow Planetarium at 1000 St-Jacques St. W. caught his eye. Built in 1966, it closed in 2011. The city turned it over to the Université du Québec’s École de technologie supérieure in 2013. ÉTS announced it would transform the building into a “creativity hub” but so far the building has sat vacant. Caille said the domed landmark has great potential to be recycled for a new vocation. “When a building is dirty and dilapidated, people don’t see its beauty. You have to see the beauty underneath the neglect,” he said. Today there is a consensus that older heritage buildings should be preserved but it’s still difficult to rally public opinion behind buildings from more recent eras, like the 1960s, Caille said. <figure id="attachment_783147" class="wp-caption post-img size_this_image_test align-center" itemprop="associatedMedia" itemscope="" itemid="photo url" itemtype="http://schema.org/ImageObject" style="margin: 0px auto 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; overflow: hidden; color: rgb(255, 255, 255); float: none; max-width: 100%; width: 1000px;"><figcaption class="wp-caption-text wp-caption" style="margin: -1px 0px 0px; padding: 10px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; zoom: 1; text-align: right; background: rgb(12, 12, 12);"> The 26-storey Deloitte Tower between Windsor Station and the Bell Centre. DARIO AYALA / MONTREAL GAZETTE </figcaption></figure>The Deloitte Tower, a new 26-storey glass office tower between the Bell Centre and Windsor Station, is nothing to write home about, in Caille’s opinion. “It’s developer architecture,” he said. “There’s nothing interesting about it.” Built by developer Cadillac Fairview, it is part of the $2-billion, nine-tower Quad Windsor project. That includes the 50-storey Tour des Canadiens, which will be Montreal’s tallest condo tower for about a year, until the even taller nearby L’Avenue tower is completed. Most people don’t notice the difference between good and bad architecture when a building is new, Caille said. But over time, the defects of bad buildings grow increasingly obvious, while the good ones become beloved monuments, he said. “People go to New York to see the architecture of the 1920s and 30s,” he said, referring to landmarks like the 1931 Empire State Building and 1928 Chrysler Building. “Good architecture always pays off in the long term.” Unfortunately, much development is driven by short-term considerations, he said. While a developer can walk away from a mediocre building once it’s sold, city-dwellers are stuck with it, he said. “For him, it’s no problem. But for the city, it’s a tragedy,” he said. “Today’s architecture is tomorrow’s heritage,” he noted. Caille is a strong proponent of architectural competitions, which he sees as a way to seek out the best talents and ideas. “It forces people to think and it shows that for every problem, there are many solutions. It’s a way of accessing brainpower,” he said. <figure id="attachment_783196" class="wp-caption post-img size_this_image_test align-center" itemprop="associatedMedia" itemscope="" itemid="photo url" itemtype="http://schema.org/ImageObject" style="margin: 0px auto 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; overflow: hidden; color: rgb(255, 255, 255); float: none; max-width: 100%; width: 1000px;"><figcaption class="wp-caption-text wp-caption" style="margin: -1px 0px 0px; padding: 10px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; zoom: 1; text-align: right; background: rgb(12, 12, 12);"> Kids arrive at the the new soccer complex at the Complexe environnemental St-Michel. PHIL CARPENTER /MONTREAL GAZETTE </figcaption></figure>The St-Michel soccer stadium has been criticized for its high price tag but Caille hailed it as an example of excellent design. The ecological building designed by Saucier & Perrotte has three glass walls overlooking a park in the St-Michel environmental complex. Caille said the stadium could be a catalyst for improvements in the hardscrabble north-end neighbourhood. During Tuesday’s panel discussion, Paul Goldberger, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former architecture critic for the New York Times and the New Yorker, said that unlike other types of journalists, architectural critics rarely have an immediate impact on public opinion. “Architectural criticism must take a very long view,” he said. “One learns to think of one’s influence as more gradual, as shifting tastes and judgment over time.” Goldberger, author of books including Why Architecture Matters, published in 2009, has written that the critic’s job is not to push for a particular architectural style, but rather to advocate for the best work possible. He said the time in his career when architectural criticism enjoyed greatest prominence was following Sept. 11, 2001, during discussions over the rebuilding of the World Trade Center. “It was a time when architectural criticism really was, I think, front and centre in the public discourse,” he said. “There it was so clear that an issue of architecture was intimately connected to significant world affairs and one did not have to struggle to help people understand the connection between architecture and the rest of the world,” said Goldberger, who now writes for Vanity Fair and teaches at The New School in New York. In a 2011 review of the new World Trade Center for the New Yorker, Goldberger said the design by architect Daniel Libeskind “struck a careful balance between commemorating the lives lost and reestablishing the life of the site itself.” The panel discussion followed the awarding of two $1,000 prizes to young writers for architectural writing on the topic of libraries. The winning entries by Marie-Pier Bourret-Lafleur and Kristen Smith will be published respectively in Argus and Canadian Architect magazines. [email protected] Twitter.com/JMarianScott
  9. http://www.journalexpress.ca/Actualites/2015-04-13/article-4109695/Ce-sera-le-Grand-Hotel-Times-de-Drummondville/1 DRUMMONDVILLE. L'hôtel qui sera annexé au Centrexpo portera officiellement le nom de Grand Hôtel TIMES de Drummondville. C'est ce qu'indique le site web de l'entreprise dirigée par Jean Audet. «Le Grand Hôtel TIMES de Drummondville directement relié au nouveau centre de foire Centrexpo vous offrira, du haut de ses 12 étages, une perspective panoramique unique surplombant toute la région. Nous vous offrirons un service d’hébergement personnalisé, caractérisé par une anticipation des besoins de ses clients et un souci du détail impeccable, en vous proposant 140 magnifiques chambres et suites dans un design à vous couper le souffle», est-il souligné. La direction ajoute que : «notre vision basée sur l’évolution et l’originalité, apportera un concept réinventé dans le domaine des réunions au Centre-du-Québec. Nos salles de conférences, situées au sommet de l’édifice, entièrement fenestrées et équipées à la fine pointe de la technologie vous ouvriront une voie vers une expérience incontournable». On parle également de diverses commodités telles une piscine intérieure, une salle d’entrainement, ainsi qu’un vaste stationnement. Il est rappelé que l’espace restauration accueillera plus de 200 convives. Le maire Alexandre Cusson a dévoilé, lors de son Souper annuel, que le restaurant Cosmos viendra s'y installer. On précise bien sûr qu'il est possible de faire des réservations ou de s'informer en contactant Sylvie Pomerleau au 1-888-999-3499.
  10. Shinan: Charles Khabouth extending club empire to Montreal Shinan Govani | Dec 14, 2012 2:04 PM ET More from Shinan Govani | @shinangovani Peter J. Thompson / National Post Peter J. Thompson / National Post Charles Khabouth is extending his mighty entertainment empire to Montreal. Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email Comments More Official: the sultan of Toronto nightlife is extending his tentacles once more — to Montreal. Charles Khabouth is at it again, it’s true, and this time the plan involves bringing a little bit of Bloor Street to La Belle Province. La Société Montreal – a fraternal twin sis of that La Société, in the 416 – is all set to open within the Lowes Hotel Vogue. March 2013, I”m told, is showtime. “This partnership is the first of its kind,” Khabouth confirms, underlining the news that his INK Entertainment and the Lowes Hotel & Resorts group are embarking on a “strategic partnership in the hotel hospitality industry in Canada.” No rest for the weary — or for Charles. Born in Morocco, but honed in Canada, his stockpile already includes time-tested clubs such as This is London and Kool Haus (and many more), new-old-again boites like the newly-opened Uniun, a touch-down in Niagara Falls called Dragonfly, and urbane collaborations like Weslodge, a designer-saloon on Toronto’s King Street, and the even newer Spanish-centric Patria, next door. His La Société — when it opened during the summer of 2011, right in the middle of the so-called “Mink Mile,” next to Cartier and in front of Gucci — represented a kind of new-school resurgence for Bloor Street, and also a personal mile-stone for its impresario. Moola had obviously been spent on the place, with some even going as far as to compare the high-style brasserie to La Coupole, that catwalk of a place in Paris. Others, like myself, saw a genetic strain owing to Keith McNally, in New York City, and to his famously nostalgic places such as Balthazar. At the time, Khabouth said that La Société actually owed its inspiration to the bistros and brasseries of his native Beirut, and was modelled after one particular place in Paris: La Fontaine de Mars, in the 7eme. Predictably, the place was flooded by curiosity-seekers from the day it was opened, attracting boldface that ranged from … well … Deepak Chopra to Liza Minelli! Spotted at its curving booths, and beyond, has been a bounty of inevitable Toronto notables: from uber-barrister Eddie Greenspan to hotel mogul Isadore Sharpe to society diva Melanie Munk. And though things have surely cooled since its most nascent days – the hot spot narrative turned, predictably, to newer arrivals in town, such as Momofuku and Soho House – it continues to enjoy a steady clientele. And it’s still not surprising to see a holy-moly icon in there – i.e. Gary Oldman! The actor was spotted just earlier this week, mid-day, at La Société, his attention turned to an open-faced omelette. Peter J. Thompson/National Post Peter J. Thompson/National PostLa Societe co-owner Danny Soberano. Can Khabouth pull off his magic in Montreal? One thing is for certain: this is a bold and interesting move in terms, hospitality-wise. For a variety of reasons — the sheer size of the country, lack of imagination — there isn’t a lot of resto cross-pollination between cites in Canada. When there is brand-appropriation, it tends to happens on the north-south axis — spots such as the aforementioned Momofuku, or Cafe Boulud, being transplanted here. Another thing we do know: Khabouth will recreate the magic of the jaw-dropping stain-glass ceiling that is a hallmark of the place in the original restaurant, in Toronto. The newLa Société, in the Hotel Vogue, will be draped with the same.
  11. MARTIN JOLICOEUR . les affaires.com . 17-10-2013 (modifié le 17-10-2013 à 09:40) Un autre hôtel du centre-ville de Montréal, l’Hôtel du Fort, fermera ses portes à la fin du mois pour être transformé en un nouveau complexe de condominiums. GMI Hospitality, gestionnaire de l’hôtel en activité depuis 21 ans, justifie sa décision par des difficultés financières. «Le secteur de l’hôtellerie fait face à des pressions économiques et nous n’avons pas été épargnés», a expliqué, par voie de communiqué, la présidente de GMI, Lori Polacheck. L’entreprise à capital fermé a décidé de convertir l’hôtel montréalais, situé au 1 390 rue du Fort, en un nouveau projet d’habitations en copropriété. Un autre... qui s’ajoutera à la kyrielle d’autres projets déjà promis et en cours de réalisation dans le même quadrilatère de l’ouest du centre-ville. Par la voie de son porte-parole, GMI s’est refusé à toute précision en ce qui a trait au nombre d’unités de condominium prévues, aux montants d’investissement, de même qu’à la catégorie de construction visée. Parle-t-on, par exemple, de condominium pour premiers acheteurs, ou encore de résidence pour millionnaires? «Impossible de vous en dire d’avantage, s’est excusé le porte-parole, Jonathan Goldbloom. Une annonce sera faite à ces propos dans le prochains mois.» ... (lire l'article au complet) [sTREETVIEW]https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Hotel+du+Fort,+Fort+Street,+Montreal,+QC,+Canada&hl=en&ll=45.490983,-73.58075&spn=0.006385,0.011716&sll=45.492864,-73.580364&sspn=0.006385,0.011716&oq=hotel+du+For&t=h&z=17&layer=c&cbll=45.491777,-73.581371&panoid=0dUOnm19ssXkAC8X9CU37w&cbp=12,179.82,,0,-17.47[/sTREETVIEW]
  12. MONTREAL - A downtown Montreal hotel boasting an art collection featuring the likes of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Marc Chagall has topped Expedia's annual list of the best Canadian hotels. LHotel, located on Rue Saint-Jacques near the Palais des congress, scored highest in 2011 in Expedia customer reviews, says the online travel agency. The hotel, which opened in 2001, occupies an 1870 building that first served as the head office of the Montreal City and District Savings Bank. Artworks are displayed in public areas and guest rooms of the property. Other top-rated Canadian hotels on the Expedia.ca list: Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre, Whistler-Blackcomb, B.C.; Four Seasons Vancouver; Prince George Hotel, Halifax; and Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier, North Vancouver, B.C. The No. 1 hotel in the world, according to Expedia, was Marrol's Boutique Hotel in Bratislava, Slovakia. In the world ranking, LHotel placed 59th. The global list identifies the top hotels available on Expedia based on quality and value scores. http://travel.ca.msn.com/montreal-hotel-tops-expedia-list-in-canada
  13. (Courtesy of The Globe and Mail) (Courtesy of Travel+Leisure) Plus its ranked 3rd in Canada. Only 10 hotels made the list for this country. T+L 500 List. The Auberge is not in the Top 25, not really sure where its ranked though. So if your looking for a romantic getaway for a few days with the wife or girlfriend, check it out. She will be happy with the massage
  14. Projet d'hôtel de luxe de 20 étages sur le site de l'ancienne maison hantée, rue de Bleury.
  15. Nom: Maison Ogilvy Hauteur: 17 étages Hauteur en mètres: 65 Coût du projet: 150 000 000,00$ Promoteur: Selfridges Group Ltd., Devimco Inc. et Fonds de solidarité FTQ Architecte: Groupe IBI CHBA et Sid Lee Architecture Emplacement: voir carte Début de construction: Fin de construction: Site internet: Lien webcam: Autres informations: * Projet résidentiel et commercial * 110 condos * 120 chambres d’hôtel * L'Hôtel de la Montagne sera détruit * Le nouvel hôtel sera un "MGallery" du groupe Accord * Le Wanda’s ne sera pas intégré au projet, le propriétaire à refusé d'être acheté * Le 1449 rue Crescent (Thurday's) sera détruit * Le 1443 rue Crescent (Taverne Crescent) sera détruit * Le 1429 rue Crescent (Havana 1519) sera détruit * Le 1447 et 1445 rue Crescent (Enzo's et Allo Inde) sera intégré au projet Rumeurs: * Le magasin Holt Renfrew déménagerait dans ce projet Images (cliquez pour agrandir) :
  16. (Courtesy of The Montreal Gazette) Good to see we have some talent left in this city
  17. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Proposition - Projet n'ayant pas eu l'approbation de la ville Approuvé - Projet approuvé et prêt pour la construction En construction - Projet ayant franchi le stade du site prep Complété - Projet terminé dans les 12 derniers mois =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= #01. L'Avenue.................. Centre-ville - 175m - 50 étages - Résidentiel, commercial, hôtel #02. Icône - phase 1........... Centre-ville - 152m - 41 étages - Résidentiel, commercial #03. Tour des Canadiens........ Centre-ville - 140m - 48 étages - Résidentiel, commercial #04. Marriott Courtyard........ Centre-ville - 136m - 40 étages - Résidentiel, hôtel #05. Tour FTQ-Canderel......... Centre-ville - 135m - 30 étages - Commercial, bureau #06. Tour Deloitte ............ Centre-ville - 133m - 27 étages - Bureau #07. Altoria .................. Centre-ville - 130m - 33 étages - Résidentiel, commercial, bureau #08. Icône - phase 2........... Centre-ville - 126m - 34 étages - Résidentiel, commercial, bureau #09. Altitude ................. Centre-ville - 124m - 33 étages - Résidentiel #10. TOM Condos ............... Centre-ville - 120m - 40 étages - Résidentiel, commercial #11. Îlot Overdale - ph.1 ..... Centre-ville - 120m - 40 étages - Résidentiel, commercial #12. Le Roccabella ............ Centre-ville - 120m - 37 étages - Résidentiel, commercial #13. Waldorf Astoria .......... Centre-ville - 120m - 35 étages - Résidentiel, hôtel #14. Le Peterson .............. Centre-ville - 113m - 31 étages - Résidentiel #15. Évolo .................... Verdun...... - 104m - 31 étages - Résidentiel #16. Place University ......... Centre-ville - 102m - 25 étages - Résidentiel, commercial, bureau #17. Évolo 2 .................. Verdun...... - 100m - 30 étages - Résidentiel #18. Symphonia - ph.2 ......... Verdun...... - .98m - 31 étages - Résidentiel #19. Symphonia - ph.1 ......... Verdun...... - .84m - 26 étages - Résidentiel #20. CHUM ..................... Centre-ville - .80m - 20 étages - Hôpital #21. Drummond Condos .......... Centre-ville - .75m - 23 étages - Résidentiel, commercial #22. Cité Internationale 2 .... Centre-ville - .72m - 16 étages - Bureau #23. Le Triomphe .............. Centre-ville - .71m - 21 étages - Résidentiel, commercial #24. District Griffin - ph.1 .. Griffintown. - .70m - 20 étages - Résidentiel, commercial, bureau, hôtel #25. Maison Ogilvy ............ Centre-ville - .65m - 17 étages - Résidentiel, commercial, hôtel #26. M9 - Phase 4 ............. Griffintown. - .62m - 20 étages - Résidentiel #27. Le Séville ............... Centre-ville - .60m - 21 étages - Résidentiel, commercial #28. Le Griffix ............... Griffintown. - .60m - 20 étages - Résidentiel #29. Les Bassins du Havre ..... Griffintown. - .60m - 20 étages - Résidentiel #30. District Griffin - ph.3 .. Griffintown. - .60m - 20 étages - Résidentiel, commercial #31. Lowney sur Ville ......... Griffintown. - .60m - 20 étages - Résidentiel Dernière mise à jour : 13 aout 2012 par Cataclaw
  18. Les projects Altoria et Waldorf Astoria Hotel sont mentionne dans cette article,que j'ai trouver tres interessante. MONTREAL – On the gutted eighth storey of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Andrew Torriani walks across white marble floors turned grey from dust. But despite the renovations under way, Torriani, president and CEO of the historic Ritz-Carlton Montreal, can imagine the hardwood floors, glass walls and marble finishes to come. After being delayed a year, and suffering $30 million in extra costs, he says, the Ritz's über-luxury residence and 130-room hotel project - when complete - will stand above the city's array of existing high-end condominiums. "It's the details - details you wouldn't have believed existed," Torriani said while touting the benefits of Ritz ownership to a reporter this week. The Ritz's 46-unit residence - to open about winter 2011 - follows the injection of nearly 280 other high-end condo units into the city since 2007. Plus, Monit Investments insists its plans for a $200-million downtown Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Residence, with 100 condos and 225 hotel rooms, will go ahead near the corner of Sherbrooke and Guy Sts. These condos, which can cost millions of dollars per apartment, are developers' response to a robust market, aging demographics and rock-bottom interest rates that have incited buyers to upgrade their homes. Some hail the trend as a boon for Montreal as it lures the elite back to the city. Former SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. CEO Guy Saint-Pierre bought one downtown, while Bombardier Inc. Chairman Laurent Beaudoin was considering a condo at the posh Sir George Simpson. But several real estate agents, brokers and developers interviewed by The Gazette question how many luxury condos Montreal can sustain above the key $500 a square foot price point. "We really believe there is a limit in Montreal to the sale of condos over $500,000," said Richard Hylands, president of Kevric Real Estate Corp. which is building the more modest 115-condo Altoria project near Old Montreal. "Basically we're offering a very good product. We're not selling indoor golf or an indoor theatre. The people we are selling to want quality but not high condo fees." Real estate observers say the proof is in the for-sale signs. Despite offering striking views, private terrasses and hotel-style amenities, half of the 10 penthouses at Le Roc Fleuri on Drummond St. are empty - even though most of the 140-unit building is sold out. Meanwhile, five of the 31 condos at the Sir George Simpson building are for sale. Since late 2008, the Ritz project has sold 17 of its 46 units. "I think there is an over-supply of high-end condos in Montreal," said Pierre Laliberté, a specialist in condos with the real estate consulting firm Altus Group Ltd. "When you try to sell a condo for $1 million for more, there aren't a lot of buyers." Veteran real estate agent, JJ Jacobs, president of JJ Jacobs Realty Inc., agreed: "The $1,000 a square foot market is a high market for Montreal," she said. "There have been some very big sales, but it's only so deep. "Personally I don't know how many more the city can hold." Condo prices haven't dropped, however, because Montreal developers tend to have deep enough pockets to absorb the cost of the empty units, Laliberté said. Recently, Montreal's high-end condo market has exploded with a handful of new buildings going up between 2006 and last year. Many were bought by aging empty nesters eager to exchange their houses for the convenience of a condo. "There's going to be a portion of those buyers who are going to enjoy the downtown and they have the resources to do it," said Alan Marcovitz, president and chairman of the Westcliff Group of Companies, which built the sold-out Beaux arts condominiums on Sherbrooke St. Even during a time of economic crisis, Montreal's resilient real estate market coupled with low interest rates, also motivated third and fourth time buyers to upgrade, Marcovitz said. And with the economy improving, demand hasn't dwindled despite plans to slowly raise interest rates, he said. "Your typical buyer is in a significantly better position today than a year ago." But most developers agree that few buyers of ultra high-end condos worry about interest rates. "The challenge is finding the right buyers," said Daniel Lalonde, sales and marketing director for Le Roc Fleuri. "We have a limited pool." In Montreal, wealthy buyers have a wide choice of homes - either condos or houses. "They (high-end condos) sell, but you must really satisfy the buyers and this is a very discriminating clientèle," said Normand Lépine, vice-president of Groupe Lépine, which built Sir George Simpson, among other high-end buildings. "The developer shouldn't under-estimate the amount of effort required. You must really have the right project." Among the basics, high-end condo buildings feature a 24-hour doorman, indoor pool, and spa or massage room. Residents of the Ritz, the Crystal de la Montagne, and the Roc Fleuri's penthouses, have the added option of ordering in room service, getting their dry cleaning delivered, or even having a light bulb changed. The Ritz project - which will cost up to $150 million including key indirect expenses - offers residents a private concierge. It also has a back-up power system able to run the building at virtually full capacity in the event of a electricity failure, said Torriani, whose Monaco Luxury Hotel Management Co. is a risk-sharing partner in the Ritz project. But sales at the Ritz - which closed as a hotel in 2008 - started slowly as the recession discouraged prospective customers. Both the Roc Fleuri and the Ritz have attracted a significant number of foreigners - and these buyers feared for their stock portfolios and the future of Montreal's real estate market. "They postponed their plans," said the Roc Fleuri's Lalonde. "It reduced the amount of visits I got from out of town buyers." Faced with the recession and unexpected construction problems - workers discovered asbestos deep within the Ritz's walls - Torriani decided to revamp his plans on a more grandiose scale. To boost sales he brought in Liza Kaufman, a star real estate agent and managing director of Sotheby's International Realty Québec. While 2009 started off slowly, Kaufman said business at the Ritz has picked up. "If the building was already constructed I would have sold out yesterday," she said. Kaufman, who has sold countless multi-million dollar homes said Montreal is more attractive to foreign buyers than locals realize. "I think the market is evolving," she said. "We have to understand that our city has a lot to offer." Torriani said he isn't worried about a lack of local buyers with the financial means to live at the Ritz, which has an 8,000 square foot penthouse listed for $12 million. Indeed, Torriani left his job as Air Canada's director of human resources, to run the Ritz, where he once worked summer jobs as a dishwasher and waiter. His family, including veteran hotelier Marco Torriani, has a vast stake in the project's success. Before leaving the Ritz's construction site this week, Torriani passes by a swathe of blue and cream brocade wallpaper and wood panelling outside the 98-year-old hotel's former boardroom. The room, along with the hotel's façade will be preserved - vestiges of the Ritz's opening in 1912, when the city was booming and its status as "the Paris of North America" wasn't yet a cliché. Torriani insists that today's economic climate - including the success of the Cirque du Soleil and "Quebec Inc." companies - is equally ripe for the Ritz's reopening, both as a high-end hotel and as a residence. "I think we've seen a resurgence in the last five years or so," he said. "Montreal has a lot more wealthy people than you would expect." [email protected] thegazette.canwest.com Join Allison Lampert at our blog Inc. Ink for a tour of the Roc Fleuri's most expensive condo and see what $9.5 million will buy. http://www.montrealgazette.com/story_print.html?id=2759239&sponsor=
  19. Nom: AC Hotel Hauteur en étages: 34 Hauteur en mètres: Coût du projet: Promoteur: Canvar Architecte: Entrepreneur général: Emplacement: entre les rues Anderson et Jeanne-Mance Début de construction: 2015 Fin de construction: 2017 Site internet: http://www.acmarriottmontreal.com/ Lien webcam: Autres informations: L'immeuble logera un hôtel Mariott AC Rumeurs: Aperçu artistique du projet: Maquette: Autres images: Vidéo promotionnelle:
  20. Dans le SFGate Montreal's quartet of cultures creates a colorful pattern Margo Pfeiff Updated 11:25 am, Friday, July 4, 2014 Tourists gather near the Basilique Notre-Dame in Montreal. Photo: Joanne Levesque, Getty Images The Ogilvy Piper makes his way through the jewelry section of the iconic department store at noon every day. Photo: Margo Pfeiff, Special To The Chronicle A room at Old Montreal's classic 18th century Hotel Pierre du Calvet. Photo: Margo Pfeiff, Special To The Chronicle Old Montreal's classic 18th century Hotel Pierre du Calvet. A terrace at an Old Montreal restaurant. Photo: Margo Pfeiff, Special To The Chronicle Activities at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. Photo: Margo Pfeiff, Special To The Chronicle Ninety percent of all first encounters in downtown Montreal begin with the same two words. That are the same word. "Bonjour. Hi." Respond one way and you parlez français; answer the other and you're in English territory. Despite periodic bickering - including threats of Quebec's separating from the rest of Canada - the biggest French-speaking city outside of Paris has actually become increasingly bilingual and harmonious over recent decades. But with the strong bilateral English-French vibe, what's often overshadowed is that there were four founding cultures that laid down strong roots on this island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River almost 350 years ago. I'm reminded of this as I wait at a traffic light staring at each culture's national symbols on a flapping city flag - the French fleur-de-lis, the red English rose, an Irish shamrock and Scotland's thistle. Though Montreal is wildly multicultural today, in the 19th century, 98 percent of the city's population was French, English, Irish or Scottish. Is it still possible, I wonder, to experience each of those distinct original cultures - including real, non-poutine France and genuine tally-ho England - in modern Montreal? Heart of New France Since I believe every cultural quest is improved with a signature cocktail, I start with France and I order my very first absinthe at the Sarah B Bar, named after Sarah Bernhardt, queen of French tragedy. As couples cuddle in "Green Fairy" alcoves, my bartender pours the notorious chartreuse liquor that Hemingway, Toulouse-Lautrec and Oscar Wilde imbibed in their Parisian days into a specially shaped glass. He rests a flat, perforated "absinthe spoon" topped with a sugar cube across the top, then drips ice water until it is melted, turning the absinthe milky. Legend has it that absinthe has driven men to madness and drove Van Gogh to slice off his ear. Sipping the herbal, floral and slightly bitter cocktail, I look closely at the bottle's label - while the current version is a hefty 160 proof, it's missing the likely source of "la fée verte" (green fairy) hallucinations, wormwood. I teeter on uneven cobblestone streets to the heart of New France in Old Montreal amid clip-clopping horse-drawn carriages. Bells chime from Notre Dame Basilica with its Limoges stained glass windows from France, artists sell their crafts in narrow alleyways, and in the evening, gas lamps still light up rue Ste.-Helene. I check into La Maison Pierre du Calvet, a nine-room guesthouse spanning three small buildings dating back to 1725. It's a stone-walled time capsule with random staircases, crooked hallways and an antique-filled library with ancient fireplaces. Escargot and stag fillet are served in a grand old dining room, and the chateau luxury includes a grand step-up, monarchy-caliber canopied bed. The morning streets waft cafe au lait and croissant aromas as I walk to the walled city's original market square of Place Royale to Maison Christian Faure, a chic new French pastry shop. In the hands-on cooking school, I glean the secrets behind crisp-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside, iconic French macarons. It's so simple they even offer kids' classes, and it's made all the more fun by Lyon-born Faure himself, a Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF) - an elite group of France's best chefs - and the stories of his days as pastry chef for French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the prince of Monaco. "I moved here because the public markets are like those in Provence," he croons in a Lyon accent, "and because Montreal is so, mmmmm ... Europe." The pipes are calling While French zealots came to the New World to save the souls of "sauvages," the Scots came to make money. And you can still see plenty of it in the Golden Square Mile's historical buildings sloping up from Sherbrooke Street, downtown's main upscale shopping boulevard, to Mont Royal, the park-topped hill after which the city is named. The area was a residential tycoon alley from 1850 to 1930, occupied by rail, shipping, sugar and beer barons with names like Angus, McIntyre and Molson who owned 70 percent of the country's wealth. About 85 percent of the lavish estates were lost before heritage finally won over demolition in 1973. When I walk those hilly streets for the first time instead of whizzing by in my car, I'm surprised to see downtown with different eyes, an obviously British and Scottish quarter with an eclectic architectural mix from Neo-Gothic and Queen Anne to Art Nouveau, estates with names such as Ravenscrag and castles crafted from imported Scottish red sandstone. These days they're consulates, office headquarters and the Canadian McCord Museum; 30 of the beauties are campus outposts bought by McGill University, a legacy of Scottish merchant James McGill, who donated his 47-acre summer estate to become one of Canada's leading universities. One of my favorite buildings is the 1893 Royal "Vic" (Victoria) Hospital, where you can get your appendix yanked in a Scottish baronial castle complete with turrets. And where there are Scots, there are bagpipes. Montreal's most famous piper is at Ogilvy, a high-end department store on Ste. Catherine Street. Every day from noon to 1 p.m. since 1927, a kilt-clad piper plays marches and reels as he strolls around all five floors, down spiral staircases and beneath massive chandeliers where purchases are packed in tartan bags and boxes I also hear the whining tones of "Scotland the Brave" as I head toward my Highland cocktail at the Omni Hotel, where a kilted piper every Wednesday evening reminds folks emerging from Sherbrooke Street office towers that it's Whisky Folies night, a single-malt-scotch tasting in the Alice Bar. I choose five from the 10- to 20-year-olds served with a cuppa fish and chips. A local Scotsman drops in for a wee one, informing me that there's been a benefit St. Andrews Ball in Montreal every November for 177 years, "but come to the Highland Games, where there's dancing, throwing stuff around and looking up kilts - fun for the whole family." Montreal's bit o' Irish Snippets of the four founding cultures pop up repeatedly when you walk around town - statues of Robbie Burns and Sir John A. Macdonald, the Glasgow-born first prime minister of Canada; the green Art Nouveau ironwork of a Paris Metro at the Victoria Square subway station, given by France; British hero Adm. Horatio Nelson overlooking Old Montreal's main square (though the original likeness was blown to bits by Irish republican extremists in 1966). Ah, the Irish. They arrived in Montreal in big numbers in the early 1800s to build the Lachine Canal to bypass rapids blocking the shipping route to the Great Lakes. They settled nearby in Griffintown, currently a maze of condos and cranes. Stroll along rapidly gentrifying Notre Dame Street, still an eclectic melange of antiques-and-collectibles shops, funky cafes and local bistros. The Irish were unique among English-speaking immigrants - hatred for their English oppressors back home had them cozying up with the French, fellow Catholics. Surprisingly, the Irish legacy is dominant in Montreal; about 40 percent of the population has a wee bit of Blarney blood. Of course there are also pubs and churches, St. Pat's Basilica being the ornate religious hub, its interior adorned with intertwined fleurs-de-lis and shamrocks. Conveniently nearby, sacred brew is served over the altar of Hurley's Pub, a favorite hangout where Irish and Newfoundlanders work magic with fiddles, pipes and drums - even the Pogues have jammed here. I love Hurley's because it's a rare pub with Guinness stout on tap both icy cold and traditionally lukewarm; I prefer the latter for bigger flavor. "Watch him top that brew up three times," Frankie McKeown urges from a neighboring stool. "Even in Ireland they hardly do that now." The Irish come out of the woodwork on March 17, when Canada's oldest St. Patrick's parade turns downtown green, as it has since 1824. "It's amazing," says McKeown. "In Dublin it's all done in 45 minutes, but here we're watching floats for three hours." A grand party ensues afterward at Hurley's. "But it's just as much fun on Robbie Burns Day, when a haggis held high follows a piper through the pub." Britain in the mix Britain enters Montreal's picture after the Seven Years War in the 1760s when France dumps Quebec in exchange for the sugar colonies of Martinique and Guadeloupe. By 1845, about 55,000 British top out as 57 percent of Montreal's population - and the percentage has been dwindling ever since. While there may not be much Scottish brogue or Irish lilt left these days, there's plenty of culture on the plate and in the glass, though surprisingly not so much representing British roots in Montreal. In 2012, English chef Jamie Oliver made big waves by teaming up with Montreal chef Derek Dammann to highlight creative British tavern-inspired fare at the popular Maison Publique (Public House), serving locally sourced, home-smoked/pickled and cured angles on Welsh rarebit, hogget with oats and cabbage, and the like. Otherwise, the truest of Montreal's British establishments is the Burgundy Lion in Griffintown, one of the few places to offer Sunday British "footie" on the big screens, as kippers 'n' eggs, Lancashire pot pie and cucumber sandwiches are dished out by gals in tight, mod-'70s outfits. I happen to drop in during England's National Day, St. George's, to find the place hopping with dart-throwing, papier-mache piñata-style "dragon slaying" and ballad singing. I wind up at the bar sipping my pint of Boddingtons between two fellows, both dressed in fake chain mail. The one also draped in a Union Jack British flag clicks my glass with his bottle, announcing "Here's to Blighty!" before raising the visor on his medieval knight helmet to take a royal slug. Can you still experience Montreal's four founding nations in this multicultural modern city? Oui. Yes. And aye. If You Go GETTING THERE Air Canada offers daily flights from San Francisco to Montreal year round. (888) 247-2262, www.aircanada.com. WHERE TO STAY La Maison Pierre du Calvet: 405 Bonsecours St., Old Montreal. (514) 282-1725 or (866) 544-1725. www.pierreducalvet.ca/english. Lavish French colonial inn. From $265 double with continental breakfast. (Two on-site dining rooms serve French fare.) Fairmont Queen Elizabeth: 900 Rene Levesque Blvd. West. (866) 540-4483. www.fairmont.com/queen-elizabeth-montreal. A classic fit for everyone from the Queen Mother to John and Yoko; where they recorded "Give Peace a Chance" in 1969. From $209 double. Hotel Nelligan: 106 St. Paul West, Old Montreal. (877) 788-2040. www.hotelnelligan.com. Chic boutique hotel named after a famed Irish-French poet. From $250 double. WHERE TO EAT Le Mas des Oliviers: 1216 Bishop St. (514) 861-6733. www.lemasdesoliviers.ca. Classic French cuisine at a landmark downtown restaurant, one of the city's oldest places to eat. Dinner for two from $120. Also open for lunch. Restaurant L'Express: 3927 St. Denis. (514) 845-5333, www.restaurantlexpress.ca. Popular, casual French bistro, a Montreal icon. Dinner for two from $60. Maison Publique: 4720 Rue Marquette. (514) 507-0555, www.maisonpublique.com. Jamie Oliver's hip, up-market and creative take on British tavern fare. Very popular, no reservations. Dinner for two from $60. Burgundy Lion: 2496 Notre-Dame West. (514) 934-0888, www.burgundylion.com. Only true British pub in Montreal. Large selection of local and imported brews and one of Canada's biggest single-malt whiskey collections. English gastro pub menu with lunch and dinner from $40 for two. Hurley's Irish Pub: 1225 Crescent St. (514) 861-4111, www.hurleysirishpub.com. Great selection of brews, a traditional Emerald Isle pub menu, and Irish and/or Newfoundland fiddle music nightly. Entrees from $10. WHAT TO DO Point-a-Calliere Museum of Archaeology and History: 350 Place Royale, Old Montreal. (514) 872-7858, www.pacmusee.qc.ca/en/home. Excellent museum set atop the original city town square. Closed Mondays except in summer. Adults $18. McCord Museum: 690 Rue Sherbrooke West. (514) 398-7100, www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/en. Extensive cultural museum of all things Canadian. Frequent exhibitions of Montreal's various cultures. Closed Mondays. Adults $12. Fitz and Follwell Co: 115 Ave. du Mont-Royal West. (514) 840-0739, www.fitzandfollwell.co. Guided Montreal biking, walking and unique snow tours. Martin Robitaille: Private history-oriented city guide. [email protected] Maison Christian Faure: 355 Place Royale, Old Montreal, (514) 508-6453, www.christianfaure.ca. Hands-on French pastry and macaron-making classes. There's even a pastry-making boot camp for kids. Whisky Folies, Omni Hotel: 1050 Sherbrooke West. (514) 985-9315, http://bit.ly/1iCaJxc . Single-malt scotch and whisky tastings with fish and chips every Wednesday, 5-9 p.m.. From $16 to $40. My Bicyclette: 2985-C St. Patrick (Atwater Market). (877) 815-0150, www.mybicyclette.ca. Bike rental and tours of the Lachine Canal region. MORE INFORMATION Tourism Montréal: www.tourisme-montreal.org. Tourism Québec: www.bonjourquebec.com. Margo Pfeiff is a freelance writer living in Montreal. E-mail: [email protected]
  21. Relance du Mont Orford: un hôtel et des lofts verts Publié le 09 mai 2011 à 05h00 | Mis à jour le 09 mai 2011 à 08h59 * Hélène Baril La Presse (Montréal) Des lofts aux murs de verre, complètement autonomes en énergie, équipés de lits et de baignoires sur rails qui peuvent sortir dehors par beau temps. De drôles d'habitations apparaîtront au pied du mont Orford. «Et il y aura des vélos qui produiront de l'électricité pour avoir accès à l'internet», ajoute Alain Chagnon, président du Vertendre, entreprise immobilière qui participe à une autre tentative de relance du mont Orford. Le Vertendre et Gestion Soroma, la société qui gère le centre de ski et le club de golf au nom du gouvernement québécois, sont devenus récemment propriétaires de 20% de ces deux actifs. L'autre actionnaire est la MRC de Memphrémagog, qui a acquis pour 1$ une part de 80% de la nouvelle société d'économie mixte créée pour tenter de donner un nouveau souffle à cette station touristique qui a connu plus que sa part de déboires depuis sa création, il y a 70 ans. C'est une occasion qu'attend depuis très longtemps Alain Chagnon, dont la famille a déjà réalisé plusieurs projets immobiliers dans la région immédiate du mont Orford. Depuis 2004, les Chagnon ont réuni 1000 acres de terrains au pied de la montagne, un secteur qu'ils ont commencé à aménager sous le nom de Vertendre. En s'associant avec la MRC de Memphrémagog, ils ont obtenu ce qui leur manquait pour continuer ce lotissement: un lien qui reliera leur secteur au domaine skiable, sur le versant ouest de la montagne. Ce lien fera débloquer des investissements d'une dizaine de millions de dollars dans de nouvelles activités de plein air, mais surtout dans l'immobilier, a fait savoir M. Chagnon lors d'un entretien avec La Presse Affaires. «On pense à 900 unités d'habitation au total», dit Alain Chagnon. En plus des 200 lofts accrochés à la montagne, il y aura des maisons individuelles et un hôtel de 200 chambres, le tout construit dans le respect de la nature et de l'environnement. Cet hôtel pourrait être géré par le Club Med. «Le Club Med a toujours un intérêt dans le projet», affirme le promoteur. L'autre intéressé par le projet d'hôtel est l'artiste Heinz Julen, qui a conçu l'hôtel Backstage de Zermatt, en Suisse. L'hôtelier qui s'associera au Vertendre ne misera ni sur les bars ni sur les discothèques pour attirer des clients, assure Alain Chagnon. «Plutôt sur les cerfs et les porcs-épics», dit-il. Qui paiera? La MRC de Memphrémagog a retenu une seule des trois propositions qui lui ont été faites pour relancer le mont Orford, celles du Vertendre et de Gestion Soroma. Les deux autres groupes intéressés ont été disqualifiés parce qu'ils n'ont pas réussi à réunir 1,5 million en garantie. Les deux offres rejetées sont celles de la Coopérative de solidarité du Mont-Orford, regroupement local, et de Camp Fortune, entreprise qui exploite une station de plein air dans l'Outaouais. Contre leur 1,5 million, Vertendre et Gestion Soroma ont obtenu 20% d'une entreprise dont les actifs sont estimés à 7,5 millions et dont la MRC est l'actionnaire majoritaire. C'est donc à la MRC que revient la responsabilité de préserver l'intégrité du territoire du parc national du Mont-Orford. Il n'y aura ni constructions, ni nouvelles pistes de ski, ni rien d'autre sur le territoire du parc, qui est protégé, affirme Guy Joron, directeur général de MRC. Rien, à part les «quelques pylônes» nécessaires au lien vers le Vertendre, précise-t-il. Le coût des projets d'aménagement de la station touristique sera assumé par la société d'économie mixte qui, en tant que propriétaire d'actifs estimés à 7,5 millions et sans aucune dette, pourra emprunter les fonds nécessaires. Alain Chagnon ajoute que la société pourra profiter des programmes gouvernementaux d'aide à l'investissement. Il ne prévoit pas de conflit entre les intérêts collectifs de la MRC et les intérêts privés du Vertendre et de Gestion Soroma. «Si on y trouve notre compte, tout le monde y trouvera son compte», espère-t-il. Parce qu'il vit et travaille dans la région et que ses enfants vont à l'école du coin, Alain Chagnon se dit prêt à prendre plus de risques qu'un promoteur de l'extérieur. «Si on perd de l'argent pendant deux ans, je ne vais pas m'en aller ailleurs», assure-t-il. Après la faillite et les disputes, les projets de vente et de privatisation qui n'ont pas abouti, le gouvernement du Québec a finalement réussi à se débarrasser du problème du mont Orford. Une ère nouvelle commencera le 1er juin, date à laquelle la société d'économie mixte commencera officiellement ses activités.
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