One corner of Parc-Ex is soon to be transformed thanks to a new housing project by the city. Montreal has purchased a huge property at 7290 and 7300 rue Hutchison to bring more social housing to Parc-Ex as the area undergoes huge change. This marks the first time the City of Montreal has exercised its 'right of first refusal' to acquire a property for rental housing in any borough.\n"This right of first refusal allows us to seize an opportunity and invest in social housing, for which there is a crying need," explained Robert Beaudry, executive committee member responsible for property management, planning, housing, major parks, and Parc Jean-Drapeau.\nEditor's Choice: This Site Shows Quebecers All The Places They Can Travel To With Few To No Restrictions\n"If the City does not take tangible action in sectors undergoing transformation such as Parc-Extension, the most vulnerable populations will be forced to move, which we want to avoid."\nThe purchase of this building will make it possible for the city to build some 40 units of affordable and social housing for families and single people.\nMontreal hopes to have around 225 units of affordable housing in Parc-Ex over the next few years.\nAn increasingly bustling area with plenty of transit, Parc-Ex has seen some pretty big investment in recent years.\nLe logement social est une priorité. Notre administration met tout en œuvre pour atteindre notre cible de 12000 logements. L’utilisation de notre droit de préemption pour l’acquisition de Plaza Hutchison en est une preuve supplémentaire #polmtl https://t.co/FTtYjgdIfy— Robert Beaudry (@RobertBeaudry) September 10, 2020\nWith the arrival of the Université de Montreal's brand-new MIL Campus, the neighbourhood has seen an influx of students and professionals that has dramatically changed the stock of affordable rental housing, according to the city.\n"The Parc-Extension sector is lagging far behind in social housing development and we need to work twice as hard on it," said Villeray district councillor Rosannie Filato.\nGoogle Maps\n"With the arrival of the MIL campus in Parc-Extension, we had to equip ourselves with tools to protect the people who live in the neighbourhood and who want to stay there."\nView this post on Instagram Sur le plateau de @off_tlmep, où j’ai entre autres discuté de l’actualité montréalaise et de ma vision pour notre métropole 📺💡🌎 Merci à @guyalepage et à toute l’équipe de #TLMEP pour l’invitation, ainsi qu’aux autres invité.es pour les échanges inspirants! 📸: Karine Dufour #tele #radiocanada #feministe #feminist #womeninpolitics #montreal #mtlmoments #mtl A post shared by Valérie Plante (@val_plante) on Dec 2, 2019 at 4:57pm PST\n120 building lots and vacant properties around the MIL Campus and the outskirts of Parc-Ex are earmarked for conversion to social and affordable housing in the next few years.\nThere's no word yet on when the units will be available.