Final sprint for Royalmount | Press

This is the final stretch of the Royalmount megaproject, which must deliver its first commercial phase next August. This weekend the footbridge that will cross the highway to connect it with the metro will also be installed, under close surveillance.




what you need to know

  • The first phase of the Royalmount project should see the light of day next August.
  • The developer Carbonleo will install this weekend the pedestrian bridge that will connect with the orange line of the Montreal metro.
  • A second phase that will include offices will see the light of day later.
  • The residential component is still pending.

“We currently have 1,000 workers on site and soon, in a few weeks, the number will increase to 2,000,” says the partner of the Carbonleo developer, Claude Marcotte, with whom we visited this enormous work area that takes place on the corner of the roads. 15 and 40.

Work on the first phase of the project, which will include several luxury stores, restaurants and a cinema, began in 2019. However, they had to be suspended for several months due to the health crisis and should finally see their day in the middle of the year. -August. Its cost is estimated at 1.5 billion dollars.

So far, almost 90% of the available rental spaces are rented and all “should be rented in August,” says Marcotte.

A second phase will include offices, performance halls, a linear park and an aquarium, among others. However, we do not know when this second stage will see the light of day.

PHOTO MARCO CAMPANOZZI, LA PRESSE

Claude Marcotte, partner of the promoter Carbonleo

We have not yet defined when we will launch (the second phase). Honestly, we’re already overwhelmed with the idea of ​​getting this project off the ground.

Claude Marcotte, partner of the promoter Carbonleo

“That said, we have very high demand for the office, so we run the risk of leaving faster than we thought. There are many companies that want to come and settle here, with all the services that this entails. We really want to offer a complete community,” continues Claude Marcotte.

A catwalk… and a gigantic crane

This was one of the recommendations of the working committee aimed at improving mobility in the Namur-De La Savane sector: build a footbridge that crosses the Décarie motorway to reach the De La Savane metro station, on the orange line. Prefabricated in a factory over the last few months and designed by the Sid Lee Architecture studio, this walkway will finally be installed this weekend. Installation must be done at night.

It is 600 feet long, about 13 feet wide, and divided into five sections. Its cost, initially estimated at 25 million, will be 50 million due to cost overruns related, in particular, to supply.

PHOTO MARCO CAMPANOZZI, LA PRESSE

About 1,000 workers are currently working on the mega construction of the Royalmount project.

“It is a refined space, but above all airy, tall and very spacious,” says Carbonleo president and CEO, Andrew Lutfy.

It’s a really special object (the walkway) and it was important to us that it was there from the beginning.

Andrew Lutfy, President and CEO of Carbonleo

It must be said that the operation to place this large structure on its steel pillars is delicate to say the least and above all dependent on the whims of the weather. To achieve this feat, the company turned to the services of Grues Guay, which has “one of the largest cranes in America”, capable of lifting up to 1,000 tons.

Condos or not?

Ultimately, the Royalmount project should approach $10 billion, without ruling out the idea of ​​several other phases. “We will see this in the next 15 years,” says Claude Marcotte.

PHOTO MARCO CAMPANOZZI, LA PRESSE

Claude Marcotte presenting a model of the Royalmount project.

However, the issue of residential construction is still unresolved and resistance is very real at the municipal level. Mount Royal Mayor Peter Malouf made his opposition to the residential component of this project one of the central elements of the campaign that brought him to power.

“It is known in the industrial sectors: as soon as we start doing residential in industrial, it does not coexist very well. The industrial sector works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with large trucks, machinery, odors and dust,” Malouf explained.

Ultimately, zoning has never allowed residential use. At Carbonleo, on the contrary, we consider that the project could well have that vocation, due to its proximity to the metro and the concentration of services.

From a financial point of view for the municipal authorities, “this is an exceptional opportunity, since the majority of public services are financed by the project,” says Marcotte, who “intends to work with interested cities” to manage to add homes. .

In Montreal, Mayor Valérie Plante supports the construction of residential units, but demands that a good portion of the units built be converted into social and affordable housing, which the developer currently refuses to do. In the form, Mme Plante has repeatedly opposed the project, fearing the congestion it would add to the already busy Highways 15 and 40 area.

In the commercial sector, Royalmount also raises concerns. The Association of Business Development Companies of Montreal (ASDCM) was concerned, among other things, about the impact such a project will have on nearby small businesses.

More information

  • 10
    This is the number of intersections that will benefit from traffic light synchronization on the Côte-de-Liesse road, near the project, with the aim of speeding up car traffic. Two lanes will also be added, for a total investment of 20 million.

    Source: carbonleo

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