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What’s been bothering many people (myself included) about the Village Griffintown project was the secrecy with which the project was developed; the project was presented pretty much as a fait accompli. Word on the street says they want to have the public consultation process wrapped up by April, so there’s a very small window of time for people to organize any sort of response.
There was a semi-publicized event months ago called “Les Dialogues du Griffintown,” but that was essentially a confab for invited architects, urban planning agencies and other professionals; the public wasn’t welcome.
Furthermore, I understand that it’s largely a private project and thus the choice of urban design agency wasn’t open to public tenders or a design competition, but I can’t help thinking that one would have helped the project immensely. A New Urbanist-style charrette would have been even better.
Virtually next door to Village Griffintown is the Quartier International de Montreal, an immensely successful, beautiful and well-planned urban redesign project that the public actually loves, by all accounts. This should be the standard for other projects in the area. I rather wish that the same design consortia had been retained for this project, rather than the team that rather inelegantly grafted a Loblaws onto the Parc Avenue metro stop and bandaged it with flowerbeds afterwards.