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    • By Djentmaster001
      I've always had the thought of what would happen if stores didn't close early in Montreal, mainly on the weekends. On one hand, it gives a nice work-life balance, but on the other hand, stores closing at 5 pm in a major city gives it a dead feeling. I've had friends from the states, and also people here who want stores to be opened later on weekends, preferably until 9 pm. 
      2. Bars being open till 6 am, with the last call being at 5:30 am. 
      The question is
      1. In your opinion: would you want retail/store hours extended until 9 pm on weekends, and would you want bars open until 6 am? 
      2. Would it benefit the economy, will things stay the same or will it be a boon?
      3. Will it have a huge impact on society? or a minimal one?
       
    • By Malek
      Bizarrement j'ai pas trouvé de fil pour ce méga projet au croisement de la 640 et de la 15. Un projet très important avec 1400 unités d'habitations.
       
      Voici une description de la compagnie Cherokee
       
      Redevelopment Plan
      The mixed-use lifestyle development, known as Faubourg Boisbriand, features a communityfocused design that includes the Boisbriand Town Center, 1,400 residential units, a new community center, recreational facilities and an urban square — all within walking distance of the future regional commuter rail line that connects the site to downtown Montreal. More than 15 percent of the development is dedicated to open spaces, including parks, several miles of walking and biking trails and other public amenities. In addition, 2,400 trees are being planted on site, and roughly 140,000 tons of concrete and 2.5 million square feet of asphalt are being reused. The project’s significant achievements were recently recognized by the Canadian Urban Institute’s (CUI) prestigious 2007 “Brownie” Award for best large-scale redevelopment project. Additional information can be found on our project Web site, www. faubourgboisbriand.com.
       
      Project Background
      Cherokee’s project in Boisbriand, Quebec, located just 15 miles north of Montreal, is a former General Motors automobile manufacturing plant encompassing 232 acres. Industrial activity at the site resulted in soil contamination, including petroleum from leaking underground storage tanks and an oil spill.
       
      The Cherokee Solution
      Cherokee acquired the property in 2004, upgraded the remediation to residential standards and secured the necessary entitlements to facilitate redevelopment of an integrated lifestyle community that combines shopping facilities with residential and office space, while providing urban infrastructures and respecting the natural environment. The project was designated as a pilot for USGBC’s new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) program, which integrates principles of smart growth, neighborhood design and green building.
       
       
       
      Volet résidentiel
       

       
      Le complexe NC4, comptant 68 condos, est situé sur la magnifique avenue bordée d’arbres de la Promenade Saint-Germain, à proximité de la Place de la Fontaine. Les commerces et restaurants environnants complètent ce quartier chaleureux.
      http://www.nc4condosboutique.com/
       


       
      Les habitations du Quartier

       
      Maisons en rangées

       
      Les loggias sur le parc
       
      Les unités multifamiliales sont des bâtiments de grande qualité de 4 à 7 étages, avec ossature de béton et ascenseurs. Chaque unité comporte de 1 à 3 chambres, l’accès au garage souterrain et une vue sur le parc central et sur le lac, assurant calme et tranquillité.
       

       
      Les triplex du Faubourg Boisbriand comprennent 21 bâtiments de 2 triplex chacun. Idéal comme investissement, ils peuvent être loués, habités ou vendus en condos
       

       
       
      Volet commercial

      Adidas
      Allstate
      Aqua Tapas
      Banque Scotia
      Bâton Rouge
      Bell
      Bouclair
      Brick
      Bronzage Laguna
      Bureau en Gros
      CentreCorp
      Commensal
      Costco
      Déco Découverte
      DeSerres
      Dollarama
      Empire Sports
      Future Shop
      Golf Town
      Homesense
      IGA Extra
      JYSK
      Kabab Restaurant
      La Cage aux Sports
      L’Entrepôt du Cadre
      L’Équipeur
      Linen Chest
      Presse Café
      SAQ
      Structube
      Subway
      TD Canada Trust
      Toys’R’Us
      Vacances Le Faubourg
      Vinnie Gambini’s
      Zellers
      À venir au Faubourg
       
      Antoine Laoun Opticien
      Café Folie
      Cuisine Gourmet
      Grafica Studio de photos
      Jack Astor's
      McDonald's
      Petcetera
      Telus
      Trade Secret
      Wasabi
       
      Le Village
      (ouverture 2009)
       
      Le Village Phase II
      (à venir au Faubourg)
    • By GDS
      A 45 - acre comprehensive, master planned office campus on Nuns' Island. This multi-phased office complex is geared to those tenants looking for the quality environment offered in suburban locations but with the benefits of a site located just five minutes from Montreal's central business district. Availabilities range from 50,000 sq.ft. to 500,000 sq.ft. in various configurations, all of which will be LEED certified. With the arrival of Bell Canada on Nuns' Island, public transportation has improved with investments in infrastructure being made by various governmental authorities; the neighborhood is poised for even more development. Companies such a Yellow Pages, Multi-prêt, Bombardier Recreational Products and the Bank of Canada continue to enjoy the exceptional office environment that Nuns' Island has to offer with its abundant retail offerings, bike paths, nature walks and lush landscaped public areas.
       

    • By jesseps
      The jury members are:

      - Melvin Charney, architect; - Odile Decq, architect and Director of the École Spéciale d'Architecture, Paris; - Jacques Des Rochers, Curator of Canadian Art, Montréal Museum of Fine Arts; - Michel Dionne, architect, Cooper, Robertson & Partners, New York; - Raphaël Fischler, urban planner and professor at the School of Urban Planning, McGill University; - Mario Masson, landscape architect and Division Manager, Service du développement culturel, de la qualité du milieu de vie et de la diversité ethnoculturelle, Ville de Montréal; - Alessandra Ponte, associate professor, School of Architecture, Université de Montréal; - Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec, landscape architect and holder of the UNESCO Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design at Université de Montréal.
       
      Instructions for prospective entrants
       
       
      (Courtesy of CNW Telbec)
    • By CFurtado
      MONTREAL – The central-city administration didn’t open the door any further Monday night to preserving the 57-hectare Meadowbrook green space.
       
      But Alan DeSousa, vice-chairman of the city executive committee, didn’t slam it shut, either – not with about 375 anti-development protesters who converged on city hall trying to save the West End site hanging onto his words.
       
      “We’re ready to see what we can do to support a local community consensus” on Meadowbrook’s future, he told Patrick Asch of the Les Amis de Meadowbrook citizens’ coalition, which wants the entire site preserved as a public park.
       
      A Miami Beach condo developer, Michael Bedzow of Pacific Group Canada, wants to build 1,500 housing units on the site, which has been a private golf course for about a century. Meadowbrook hosts a broad range of wildlife, including foxes, rabbits and birds. It straddles the Lachine borough and Côte St. Luc, and is located near rail yards.
       
      Asch and other questioners tried repeatedly to get Mayor Gérald Tremblay to commit to preservation.
       
      But the mayor left it to DeSousa to do all the talking on his behalf.
       
      The site is already partly zoned for development.
       
      Last night’s occasionally loud crowd demonstrates broad support for the site’s preservation, Asch said.
       
      The site is “irreplaceable and one of the few natural green spaces left in Montreal,” he added. “Residents across the island will not accept the destruction of Meadowbrook.”
       
      Tremblay’s continuing silence on the issue is “deafening – and very suspicious,” Asch said.
       
      The site’s preservation is part of a May 2009 report that is to be voted on Thursday by Montreal Island’s agglomeration council. DeSousa said that report doesn’t deal with golf courses.
       
      On April 15, Karel Mayrand, Quebec executive director of the David Suzuki Foundation, wrote to Tremblay asking him to act “to preserve all of Meadowbrook as a nature park.”
       
      The Pacific Group housing plan – which features Plateau Mont Royal density levels – would represent “destruction for short-term private gain,” Mayrand added.
       
      Projet Montréal has already endorsed Meadowbrook’s preservation in full as a public park, said party leader Richard Bergeron.
       
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