• The Royalmount project developer, Carbonleo, announced in a press release that it will be revamping the past plans for the project in order to make it more "green."
  • Get more information and see photos of the new renderings below.

In a press release issued on Tuesday, the Royalmount project developer, Carbonleo, announced several shifts in the plans for the new neighbourhood's development. The project has faced push-back from citizen groups and Montreal officials alike since its inception. A particularly vocal opponent is Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante, who has no say in developments that happen in the Town of Mont-Royal, but feels the project doesn't serve the interest of the city as a whole.

Outspoken citizen groups, such as "Royalement contre Royalmount," which translates to "Royally Against Royalmount," made it clear to developers early on that the project was lacking in several areas including, but not limited to, green space, eco-conscious development and social housing.

Carbonleo now asserts that it is thanks to all the groups, organizations, and citizens who took part in public participation processes that the project has undergone a revamping.

"Thanks to them, today we are unveiling a Royalmount that looks to the future," Carbonleo's Executive Vice President and partner Claude Marcotte, says in the release.

Take a look at the newly-envisioned plans for the enormous space set to see phase one open in 2022.

As per the press release, "Royalmount intends to obtain LEED Gold certification for its commercial building, which will aim to be 100% carbon-neutral once it is up and running."

In striving for a more sustainable development, Carbonleo also intends to include the use of "geothermal energy and a rainwater recovery system" along with white building roofs covered with vegetation (as can be seen in the last rendering photo below).


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The public parking lot is to be equipped with 148 electrical charging stations along with an electric vehicle delivery service within the business footprint.

The plans for two performance venues and an outdoor stage have been scrapped and replaced with "one multi-functional venue capable of accommodating new types of events, such as holographic shows or e-gaming competitions."

Seen below is the planned covered pedestrian and bicycle link that is to be accessible year-round and will "connect the site to the De la Savane metro station, where a public square and mobility hub will be set up," for which Carbonleo will foot the entire bill.

Carbonleo also notes that there are "plans to build an electric shuttle system to facilitate travel around the Royalmount site and potentially in the Namur–De la Savane sector, with service extending to the Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) Canora station."

Another green-backed goal is the plan to make Royalmount a "fully pedestrian environment designed in accordance with the principles of Pedestrian-Oriented Development (POD)."

The plan is to have 4,500 residential units, which would require a zoning change that is currently under review by TMR officials.

The goal to create a "complete and eco-innovative community" also includes an "urban woodland, a 3.8-km linear pedestrian path accessible year-round, community services and a central park that can be used for gatherings."

Below is a projected footprint of the whole development as seen from above. There's is no question that developers took community outcry for a "greener" project quite literally.

However, not all citizen groups are satisfied just yet.

In a statement posted online, a spokesperson for Royally Against Royalmount, Pierre Avignon, asked the following question:

"Considering that construction of the shopping centre has already begun and that zoning still prohibits all residential construction, how can the promoter guarantee the realization of the "complete and eco-innovative living environment" he promises?"

Though Avignon asserts that "citizen mobilization has paid off, because without it there would have been no change! Unfortunately, the few efforts that have been put in place are far from satisfactory in order to compensate in a viable way for all the effects on congestion."

"We are therefore going to continue to mobilize as long as the proposal is not really satisfactory and the democratic deficit has not been made good."

Avigno, along with spokespeople for groups like Montreal Climate Coalition and Citizen's Collective 15/40, are still calling for a moratorium that would "allow time to develop - with citizens this time - a true eco-neighbourhood."

A citizen action titled "The Marvellous Royalmount Circus" has been planned for Saturday, March 13 at 1 p.m. in Victoria Square outside the offices of the Ministry of Transport.

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