Public consultation begins on development project for old Philosophy College site



    MONTREAL, April 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Office de consultation publique de
Montréal (OCPM) announces today the start of the consultation on the
development project for the site of the old Philosophy College in the borough
of Ville-Marie, within the boundaries of the historic and natural borough of
Mont-Royal.
    The project consists in converting the Philosophy College building on
Côte-des-Neiges Road, occupied until recently by Marianopolis College, into
housing units, and in constructing residential buildings on part of the
surrounding land. Some 325 housing units are planned. The project calls for
the recycling of the old College, the construction of new buildings ranging
from three to nine storeys in height, and the addition of a 671-space
underground parking garage.
    The project requires amendments to the Montréal Master Plan and the urban
planning by-law of the borough of Ville-Marie. As the old College property is
located in the historic and natural borough of Mont-Royal, the consultation
must take into account the Mount Royal Master Protection and Enhancement Plan,
slated for adoption in the coming days. Moreover, as the draft by-law amending
the zoning by-law of the borough of Ville-Marie was adopted pursuant to
section 89, subparagraph 5 of the Charter of Ville de Montréal, it is partly
subject to approval by referendum.
    Various issues will be addressed at three information sessions on May 4,
5 and 11, at 7:00 p.m. On the first evening, representatives of both the City
and developer will present the project and legislative amendments required to
carry it out. Its impact on the surrounding area will also be examined. The
second evening will focus on the issue of protecting natural environments and
green spaces and providing public access to the mountain, while the third will
address the built and landscape heritage and protection of views.
    At these meetings, citizens may ask any questions they like about the
project. The presentation of briefs will be held on Wednesday, May 27, also at
7:00 p.m. All the meetings will take place at the offices of the OCPM, 1550
Metcalfe Street, 14th Floor (Peel Metro).
    All information pertaining to the consultation is available at the OCPM
offices, the Direction du Greffe de la Ville de Montréal, 275 Notre-Dame
Street East, and the Ville-Marie borough office, 888 de Maisonneuve Boulevard
East, 5th Floor. The documentation is also available on the Office Web site at
www.ocpm.qc.ca. For information, please call 514 872-8510.




For further information:

For further information: Luc Doray, (514) 872-3568, Cell: (514)
977-8365


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