It's official, the town of Mount Royal just unveiled their plan for a new $1.7 billion mega mall on the corner of highways 15 and 40. The project which was rumoured to be called the "Quinze40" is actually called "ROYALMOUNT" - which is better because now it won't seem like a crappy sequel to the existing Dix30.
Yes! They're finally building something in Montreal that isn't a condo! (a little more about that below)
The project will be much more than a mall, it will be a unique space that will set the new global standard of reconnecting people and creating memories. ROYALMOUNT offers access to art, entertainment and a massive variety of goods and services in a multifunctional environment.
The mall will feature a rooftop green space, an outdoor cinema, an area for performing arts, a water-park (Holy shit, a water park?!), an indoor skating rink, 2 hotels, office towers, restaurants, terraces and 8,000 free parking spaces.
The project is set to create 15,000 jobs and is aimed to encourage Montrealers to stay on the island to do their shopping which makes it sound like the plot of a bad horror movie. You're staying on this island ... forever!
Where: Librairie Saint Henri Books, Indigo, Argo Bookshop, etc.
Why You Should Go: To buy yourself a new book to keep you occupied during curfew hours! Retail stores remain open at 50% capacity under new restrictions, but keep in mind that they'll be closed on the first three Sundays of January.
An 18-year-old man was shot multiple times in a home near avenue Trenton and chemin Aberdare early Friday morning, according to SPVM spokesperson Caroline Chèvrefils.
UPDATE: The SPVM reports that the individual has died in the hospital. Police say it's Montreal's 36th homicide of 2021.
EARLIER: At around 1:45 a.m., the SPVM responded to a 911 call about a person injured by gunfire in the Town of Mont-Royal. Police arrived at the scene and located the victim, estimated to be around 18 years old, inside a house.
"He was unconscious and injured to the upper body by more than one gunshot," the SPVM spokesperson said.
According to preliminary information, a house party was taking place and "suddenly, some suspects on the scene shot the victim," according to Chèvrefils.
The suspects fled the scene before the police arrived at the residence. Investigators arrived at the crime scene to "analyze and try to understand the exact circumstances of this event." A K-9 unit was also called to the scene.
No suspects have been arrested in connection to the shooting.
There is no more information at this time.
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As officials figure out what to do with much of the former hospital campus (some buildings will become part of McGill University), non-profit groups Héritage Montréal and Les amis de la montagne say the site presents an opportunity to reconnect the downtown core with the mountain and expand the public realm.
Pour une requalification exemplaire de l'ancien hôpital Royal Victoria
The groups released a video in September calling for "visionary," "courageous," and "bold" planning for the site, including new public green and gathering spaces.
Under their proposal, the groups say the old Royal Victoria Hospital would become a "gateway to Mount Royal park from downtown [...] connected, open to all, and equipped with a reception area, local services, meeting places and community spaces."
Héritage Montréal and Les amis de la montage specifically call for:
"the urgent restoration of the buildings in order to avoid any further deterioration due to the vacancy of the place;
"landscaping and greening actions that allow better access to the mountain as an extension of Mount Royal park towards downtown;
"the maintenance of public ownership of the land in order to avoid the fragmentation of the site and to ensure its coherence in the short, medium and long term, in a context of multiple occupants;"
and the implementation of modern urban planning, governance and financing tools to preserve the integrity of the site, its heritage character and its civic and community vocation."