Public consultation on redevelopment project for 1500 Ottawa Street, les bassins du nouveau Havre

    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 of the site located at 1500 Ottawa Street in the
Sud-Ouest borough, for primarily residential purposes. The Canada Lands
Company, owner of the site, would like to redevelop the old Canada Post
property that once served as a mail sorting centre. The 9.6-ha. site is
located between du Séminaire, William and Richmond Streets and the Lachine
    The project would de divided into four sectors. The first would include
three 20-storey residential towers and two ponds. The second would consist of
eight-storey buildings geared to families. The third, comprising mixed uses,
would include housing units, retail businesses on the ground floor, parks, and
a public space, while the fourth, reserved exclusively for commercial
activities, would contain workshops and offices. A total of 2000 units would
be built, approximately 30% of which are earmarked for social or affordable
housing. Nineteen hundred parking spaces are also planned for the basement.
    The project's implementation calls for amendments to current by-laws in
force. The variances required pertain, among other things, to uses authorized
on the site, density, parking requirements, land coverage area, planning
criteria and heights. In fact, new height sectors of 44 and 60 metres are
planned, while the current authorized limit is 25 metres.
    An initial information evening will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 7:00
p.m., in the basement of the Imani Family & Full Gospel Church, 540 Richmond
Street. 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 about the overall project as a whole. Two other evenings will be
held on February 18 and 19, 7:00 p.m., at the same location, to examine more
detailed aspects of the site's development. The theme of the discussions on
February 18 will be ecological design of the urban environment, while the
planning and development concept will be examined on February 19.
    As a second step, beginning on March 10, citizens and 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., in the
basement of the above-mentioned Church on Richmond Street.
    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 Sud-Ouest borough office, 850
Bel-Air Street. The documentation is also available on the Office Web site, at 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,, for complete
information about the Office.

For further information:

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

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