Finally, the city of Montreal and Devimco have issued a press release with more details about the Village Griffintown project. On paper, it seems like a sensitive proposal; they’ve got Heritage Montreal involved, they claim to be respecting the heritage commission’s report on the area, and they want to ensure that it’s transit-friendly, with access via the proposed tramway line. Parking is to be underground, there are to be two hotels, and 3000 residences, many of which will be subsidized lower-cost housing. A renowned urban-design firm, Daniel Arbour & Associé, (warning: Flash) has been attached to the project — they did the reworking of Parc metro when the Loblaws was built there, among other projects.
No photos or renderings as of yet. I’ve called the PR firm who put out the release; Arbour & Associé declined to comment, and I’ve left a message with the city of Montreal’s Sud-ouest mairie. No public consultations have been announced yet.
On the plus side, it appears that blocks towards the eastern end of the project, including the Horse Palace and other older housing, has been designated with heritage status, according to Judith Gobeil, who’s part of the project to get a Griffintown Museum together on that site.