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Another high roller gambling on Montreal's future is Abraham Reichmann, nephew of the once mighty Reichmann brothers of urban development infamy (the Toronto-based family is still reeling from losses of the early '90s and the multi-billion-dollar failure of their Canary Wharf project in London's docklands). If Reichmann has his way with us, Montreal will soon be host to what he likes to call, "the world's largest, and single-most technologically advanced indoor attraction, ever."

 

The upstart Reichmann has been shopping his Technodome project around from city to city for nearly a decade. This past summer, Technodome looked as if it might go to Toronto. Now, the young Reichmann has turned what Dinu Bumbaru of Heritage Montreal calls his "very harsh and determined publicity campaign" on Montreal.

 

"We believe, within three to four years," Reichmann claims, "Montreal will emerge as a premier tourist and entertainment destination not only in North America but in the world." The Technodome project has already secured a partnership with the SGF in Montreal by which $50 million will be "borrowed" from Quebec taxpayers. Though land deals have once again stalled, Bickerdyke shipping pier (at the west end of the port) has been chosen as the location for Technodome--neatly representing the shift of an economy of production to one of consumption.

 

Features: Simply put, Technodome takes Disney's concept of the Edenic themepark as a self-contained mini-universe, and plunks it into the middle of Montreal. Its proposed 200-million-square-foot dome would shelter several biospheres, making it possible, according to Duthel, for a patron to go white-water rafting and downhill skiing in the same visit (thus resolving our harsh climate problem). In addition to "nature" attractions, it will feature disaster rides, IMAX theatres, a 125,000-capacity sports and music arena and massive indoor themed zones similar to the "Lands" at the Disney parks.

 

http://www.montrealmirror.com/ARCHIVES/2000/022400/cover.html

 

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Petite question...est ce que Bumbaru était là pour chialer contre ce projet en 2000? Car si ce projet aurait été de l'avant, j'aurais été là à côté de Bumbaru pour empecher ce projet de se réaliser!

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lol Habsfan, il faut lire les messages au complet ! ;) Je cite le texte :

 

The upstart Reichmann has been shopping his Technodome project around from city to city for nearly a decade. This past summer, Technodome looked as if it might go to Toronto. Now, the young Reichmann has turned what Dinu Bumbaru of Heritage Montreal calls his "very harsh and determined publicity campaign" on Montreal.

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Je me rappelle avoir suivi ce dossier d'assez proche étant plus jeune, et c'est plutôt le Port qui a refusé de vendre le quai Bickerdike qui a fait dérailler le projet.

 

Je trouve ça assez bizzarre. Ça aurait très mal vieilli.

 

À la même époque, la SGF avait aussi investi dans le défunt centre Métaforia sur la rue Sainte-Catherine, qui n'avait pas fait l'enfeu.

 

 

Ce technodome n'aurait surement pas survécu longtemps..

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  • 5 years later...

La question du developpment des quais du Port revient à l'actualité avec la nouvelle Stratégie centre-ville de 2017, la revitalisation du site du Vieux-Port, le départ de la Brasserie Molson et les développements planifie pour l'ouest et l'est du Vieux Montréal.

Cette article démontre un certains ouverture pour un  projet proposé  sur le site du Quai Bickerdyke. Cela fait 17 ans.

De plus en plus le centre ville construit sur les terrains industriels adjacents  au fleuve. La pression sur le Port augmente d'accélérer leur developpment dans l'est.

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/still-hope-for-technodome-1.242220

Still hope for Technodome

June 19, 2000
 

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It looks like the Technodome project is not dead yet. Finance Minister Bernard Landry and Montreal Mayor Pierre Bourque announced they would work with the Port of Montreal to find a solution for its space problem.

Last week, the Port of Montreal announced that it would not sell the Bickerdike Pier to the Reichman family for their high-tech amusement park.

Port Authority chairman Raymond Lemay says he's open to solutions to solve the space problem, but that the port is still not ready hand over the pier to the Reichmans just yet.

"I think the port of Montreal and the Minister has understood the economical importance of the port. But our position still remains as it was yesterday. The board of directors still hasn't changed its mind," Lemay says.

The City of Montreal, the Quebec government and the Societ Gnerale the Financement have until September to present other solutions to the Port Authority.

It's still not known whether the Reichman Family will be happy with the September deadline.

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