Public consultation on transformation project for 1420 Mont-Royal Blvd. in Outremont



    MONTREAL, Feb. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The Office de consultation publique de
Montréal (OCPM) announces today that it will hold a consultation on a project
involving the redevelopment for residential purposes of the building formerly
belonging to the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, located at 1420
Mont-Royal Boulevard in Outremont. The building is currently owned by the
Université de Montréal, which has signed an agreement with Groupe Catania for
the purchase of the building in order to convert it into a 123-unit
co-ownership residential complex. The agreement is conditional on the adoption
of by-laws required to carry out the project.
    The project would be developed in three phases, and completed in 2012.
The building's chapel is to be preserved for private community purposes, and
some of the site's architectural and landscaping elements would be reutilized.
The area bordering on Mount Royal and the Saint-Jean-Baptiste woods would also
be enhanced with new gardens, while preserving existing earthworks.
    The implementation of the project calls for amendments to current by-laws
in force. Firstly, the Montréal Master Plan must be amended, as currently
authorized uses do not include housing, but rather the presence of large
institutional equipment, and the site is also designated as an institutional
employment sector. Furthermore, the draft by-law contains provisions to ensure
the conservation of the chapel and certain landscaping elements. As the
building is located within the boundaries of the historic and natural borough
of Mont-Royal, certain provisions of the by-law are subject to approval by
referendum.
    An initial information evening will be held on Monday, February 16, 7:00
p.m., at the Centre communautaire intergénérationnel d'Outremont, 999 Mc
Eachran Avenue. At this meeting, the developer and city representatives will
present the real estate project, and citizens will be invited to ask any
questions they like.
    As a second step, beginning on March 9, citizens an group representatives
will be invited to express their opinions, either verbally or in writing.
These presentations of briefs will be held at 7:00 p.m., at the
above-mentioned Centre on Mc Eachran.
    All information pertaining to the consultation is available for public
perusal at the offices of the OCPM, at the Direction du Greffe de la Ville de
Montréal, 275 Notre-Dame Street East, and at the Outremont borough office, 543
De la Côte Sainte-Catherine Road. The documentation is also available on the
Office Web site at www.ocpm.qc.ca. For any information, please call 514
872-8510.

    Created under the Charter of Ville de Montréal in 2002, the OCPM has
managed 70 consultations and held over 250 public meetings attended by some
25,000 citizens. Please visit the OCPM Web site, www.ocpm.qc.ca, for complete
information about the Office.




For further information:

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


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