The city of Pointe-Claire, which is experiencing a housing boom after the arrival of the Metropolitan Express Network (REM), is putting on the brakes.
Posted on February 17th
Its municipal council, led by Tim Thomas, who was elected last November to replace outgoing mayor John Belvedere, is suspending the issuance of building permits in certain areas of the city, including the Fairview Pointe-Claire shopping center. The freeze will last while the City prepares a new urban plan after consulting with its residents.
“No permit may be issued for the construction or alteration of a building for multi-residential use in the downtown area,” reads a press release issued by the City. “Furthermore, no permission can be given for the construction of a new main building in the area of identified shopping centers. »
The owner of the Cadillac Fairview fashion center is furious.
We are really shocked, shocked and surprised. This sign is unnecessary and contrary to our expectations of the City.
Brian Salpeter, Senior Vice President of Development Eastern Canada, Cadillac Fairview
Cadillac wants to build a mixed-use project, partially residential, on a parking lot lot along Highway 40 and the future REM. Mr. Salpeter did not specify the details of the project or its scope, but promises to reveal details next week.
This is the first phase of what was previously described as the creation of the new city of Pointe-Claire.
The overall project also includes the subdivision of a wooded lot immediately west of the shopping center. The 170,000 square meter open space once belonged to John Abbott College. Citizens’ group Sauvons la forêt Fairview is campaigning to preserve the green space.
Mr. Salpeter confirms that the first phase of his project is in accordance with the specific city plan of the sector adopted in 2018 and adds that the plans were presented to the City last summer.
With the imminent face of municipal administration, Cadillac Fairview maintains that its investment project is in jeopardy and that it will have to leave the beautiful parking lot that includes the heat island.
The real estate company built Fairview Pointe-Claire in 1965 and has owned it ever since. In the past three years, it claims to have invested 100 million in its shopping center, mainly to accommodate the Simons store.
“We have always shown our intention to work together with the City and the community, regardless of administration, in a transparent and cooperative manner, and that is what we want. [pour l’avenir] He says Mr. Salpeter.
“We love business, but not condo towers”
With its new mayor Tim Thomas, Pointe-Claire has seen many construction projects in recent years to the taste of its residents. The time has come to reassess the city’s future.
He remembers that the last election campaigns were played between the vision of “Pointe-Claire, garden-city” and the vision of “Pointe-Claire, downtown”. “The garden city won,” he says.
The elected official says he is open to industrial and commercial construction projects, but wants to stop the residential towers that have mushroomed in Pointe-Claire and which, he says, have exacerbated traffic problems.
“We like businesses and commercial projects, but not condo towers. The traffic on Saint-Jean Boulevard is already bad,” says Mr. Thomas, who also wants to preserve Fairview Forest as a natural area for future generations.