Mayor Plante has announced that a new Montreal neighbourhood will rise up on the site of the old Hippodrome.\nThe project will include new public space, social and affordable housing units.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nAs part of Mayor Valérie Plante's vision for a carbon-neutral Montreal, her administration is investing in another huge undertaking that is set to revitalize a long-forgotten plot of land in Montreal's West End: a new neighbourhood.\nYou might remember that at the beginning of summer, Mayor Plante and Justin Trudeau announced funding for the Grand Parc de l'Ouest, a massive park that will be 8 times the size of New York City's Central Park. Since then, Montreal's mayor has been quite busy.\nFrom cancelling a condo development because they snubbed a plan to include social housing, to a promise to the UN that Montreal will be carbon-neutral by 2050, our mayor has been a climate champion.\nLast week, she hosted both legendary Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki and 16-year old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg at Montreal's climate strike. The event attracted 500,000 people and was the largest protest in the history of Quebec.\nAfter giving Thunberg the keys to the city and outlining her action plan for Montreal to meet its climate goals, the mayor was at it again this afternoon, announcing the Namur-Hippodrome project. This new development will see a large scale carbon-neutral neighbourhood spring up on the former site of the Hippodrome horse racing track, a 43-hectare site off Décarie Highway 40.\nThe mayor says the project will include 6,000 housing units.\nThe Hippodrome, or the Blue Bonnets Racecourse for you Boomers, operated for more than a century.\nDuring its heyday in the 1970s, the Hippodrome would see tens of thousands of spectators every weekend. It was closed in 2009 and has since hosted some concerts, country fairs, and not much else.\nHappy to unveil our vision for the Namur-Hippodrome neighbourhood, where we want to build Montréal's first carbon neutral and low emissions district, focused on sustainable mobility, social diversity and the environment! #polmtl pic.twitter.com/v82s60adtO— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) October 4, 2019\nThe City of Montreal bought the property in 2017 and is in the process of demolishing most of the buildings in the area.\nValérie Plante\nAlong with housing, the new development will include public spaces, schools, daycares, businesses, and local services — all contained within the neighbourhood.\nREAD ALSO: 6 Ways Valérie Plante Plans To Transform Montreal After Historic Climate Strike (Photos)\nAccording to Radio-Canada, the ambitious project will be under consultation by the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM) in order to determine its feasibility.\nAlong with energy-efficient architecture, the neighbourhood will include self-sustaining stormwater management.\nView this post on Instagram Sa génération nous donne l’énergie et le courage d’agir. On leur doit d’écouter et on leur doit de poser les gestes nécessaires pour la planète et pour les générations futures. @gretathunberg 📸 Sylvain Légaré . . . #gretathunberg #marchepourleclimat #actionclimat #climatestrike #fridaysforfuture #environnement #environment #changementsclimatiques #climatechange #montreal #mtl #mtlblog #mtlmoments A post shared by Valérie Plante (@val_plante) on Sep 27, 2019 at 4:25pm PDT\nThe Hippodrome now stands and an empty lot, full of opportunity that the City of Montreal hopes it can harness.\nThe project will also include a revitalization of the area around Namur metro station in order to maximize the advantages of public transportation and what the mayor calls "sustainable mobility."\nView this post on Instagram Sunbathing on the rooftop A post shared by Karine Gagn (@kaka_g09) on Apr 23, 2018 at 9:24am PDT\nWhile there are no concrete plans or designs as of yet, the city hopes to proceed with consultations as soon as possible.\nValérie Plante\nStay tuned for more updates on this exciting and ambitious new neighbourhood!