Save Griffintown!

Public Consultation is tonight: 7pm at the ÉTS by steph
February 21, 2008, 8:16 am
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by Steph Troeth

The long-awaited first public consultation for Projet Griffintown begins tonight at 7pm, at L’École de technologie supérieure at the corner of Notre-Dame and Peel streets. Being present is a statement in itself — that you care about the future of Montréal.

CSR Griffintown has posted some background material and documents that might interest you. Otherwise, you will also find links to news articles in our archives.

Speaking of news: the free newspaper Métro in Montréal published an article on Griffintown just this Monday (Feb 18). I’ve tried in vain to hunt down an online archive. If you happen to find it, please leave us a comment. Thanks Patrick!

Hope to see you at the ÉTS tonight.


You can find the Feb 18 issue of Metro at:

Comment by Patrick

I attended the consultation this evening and was impressed by the turnout. A few points I’d like to highlight while they’re fresh in my mind:

– Is it realistic to expect to fit 4 to 8 THOUSAND parking spaces underneath the proposed development? How deep do they intend to dig? Apparently shipping/deliveries and garbage collection have to share that underground space as well.
– Imagine that each of those spaces is turned over once per day. Since Peel, Wellington and Montagne are the only ways in and out of the sector, that’s a lot of traffic to add to those arteries.
– Imagine trying to add local and through traffic to the Victoria bridge backlog during the evening rush hour. I can’t believe that this hasn’t been addressed! Peel, Wellington and Montagne are already jammed in the southwesterly direction…
– Now imagine adding snow to the equation! Ottawa street is supposed to be converted to a two-way street with parking. It’s already tight as a one-way street in the winter!

I don’t see how the existing or proposed infrastructure will be able to support the number of residents and shoppers that this development will support/attract. Nor do I see how the construction of this project and Victoria Bridge traffic flows can successfully coexist.

And finally, every time I think of this giant development constructed in a short time and in a single style, I imagine how it will be perceived in 10, 20, 50 and 100 years. “Wow, that is so early 2000”. Somehow the image of Bratislava, Slovakia comes to mind: a beautiful old town on one side of the river and endless rows of drab concrete block appartments on the other side of the river. At one point people thought that those were the future and built them over a short time span.

I posted a while back here that a more relaxed development would be preferable and I still hold that opinion. Fill in one abandoned lot at a time, and when there are no more, we’ll be in a much better position to shape the future of the neighbourhood.

Comment by nerdboy

I also attended the consultation last night, and was pleasantly surprised at the turnout.

Like nerdboy, I also have serious doubts as to what this mega-practically-overnight-project could bring to this city, other than extending the centre-ville a few kilometers south (and who wants that?). Please.

I’m just sad that these developers think they can just build a bunch of commercial spaces (oh, with a few too-high towers full of condos on top), add a few parks benches and trees, one tramway headed north, a few social housing units on the westside (as far away from the action as possible) and call it a “unique urban project”. Please.

Do we need more condos, boutiques, hotels, movie theatres? Do we need another Westmount, this time, with a downtown-ish edge? Please.

This project, other than offering a pedestrian street, saving a few building, and planting trees, offers nothing that I would vote for if we had a say in the matter.

That’s another question. Do residents have a say?
Every guideline that is usually applied for development projects in this sity seem not to apply because of the nature of this project. How can you act in this case?

I don’t think that this type of neighbourhood makover is the way to go. And I will follow the evolution of the future of Griffintown with great care. I hope others will too.

Comment by Lili

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