Record attendance at public meetings for the Griffintown Project - Devimco to continue local consultation after receiving majority support and constructive proposals

    MONTREAL, March 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Encouraged by constructive proposals
and support received during the public consultation process that ended Friday,
Devimco intends to continue its dialogue to improve its Griffintown Project.
    "The record participation during the seven days of public consultation
demonstrates the interest of Montreal's citizens and particularly those from
the Southwest borough with regard to our project. This also proves that we
were right to adopt the transparency and consultation approach at the
beginning of our work three years ago," said Serge Goulet, co-chair of
    Mr. Goulet expressed great satisfaction with the results of the public
consultation exercise after a brief analysis of the many briefs submitted to
the Southwest borough. He wished to pay tribute to the work of the Southwest
borough, which conducted an exemplary public consultation. "This exercise was
a model of transparency, integrity and discipline," he stressed.
    In a calm and respectful atmosphere, 1200 people attended the seven days
of public consultation during which 80 asked questions and 60 presented
memorandums on their own behalf or on behalf of the organizations they
represented. Very few citizens oppose the Griffintown Project.
    Among the submissions included that of the Public Health Department,
which for the first time supports a large urban Montreal project and has
proposed improvements to the Griffintown Project.
    "We will continue to listen to citizens, even though the public
consultation process is complete and we will remain available for the crucial
step of final development by the City of Montreal's Programme particulier
d'urbanisme (PPU) that will allow the realization of the Griffintown Project,"
said Mr. Goulet.

    The Griffintown Project

    The Griffintown Project is a large-scale real estate development project
in a partially disused industrial sector of Griffintown. With an estimated
development cost of $ 1.3 billion, it is one of the largest private
investments in the history of Montreal.
    On November 21, 2007, the executive committee of the City of Montreal
gave the green light to develop a PPU after the City of Montreal, the
Southwest borough and Devimco agreed on the broad outlines of this project,
which includes a sound multifunctional residential component.
    Organizations such as the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie du sud-ouest
de Montréal, Héritage Montréal, the group of Irish societies, RESO
(Regroupement économique et social du sud-ouest), the Ecole de technologie
supérieure (ETS) and the Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain have
agreed to collaborate on developing this residential, commercial, cultural and
recreational tourism project, which involves an area of 1.1 million square
    "We are offering Montrealers a unique urban project. So it is important
to involve stakeholders from the City of Montreal and the Southwest borough in
order to achieve the objectives of excellence and innovation in design, urban
planning and development that we seek," said Mr. Goulet.

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For further information: François-Olivier Gagnon, Communications André
Bouthillier, (514) 732-4114, (514) 686-1463

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