Filed under: griffintown
The abandoned Canada Post Sorting Plant at the bottom of Guy Street is a key part of what happens to Griffintown, alongside Devimco’s shopping centre project. It’s slated to become mostly residential, from everything I’ve heard, with a good component of affordable housing mixed in. (We had originally assumed that this was to be the site of Projet Griffintown itself, hence our original presentation back in September 2007 at Pecha Kucha Montreal.)
If you bike or jog along the Lachine Canal you’ve undoubtedly noticed the plant — a massive structure clad in blue siding, with a few solar heating panels up top, and rather extensive green space and a parking lot on its west side. The site is big enough to encompass an entire residential neighborhood, and the plan has always been, apparently, to open up some of the basins along the canal to create a Dutch-style, dense development along the waterfront. (I have a rough plan of my own that I knocked out in Photoshop some time back, but I’ll publish that next weekend, after I’ve seen what they’ve done.)
The open house is at the plant itself, 1500 Ottawa Street, for a few days this week:
- Wednesday, November 12th, from 2pm to 8pm;
- Thursday, November 13th, from 4pm to 8pm;
- Saturday, November 15th, from 12 noon to 5pm.