On Thursday, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante announced the city's plans for a huge new project that will completely transform the Centre-Sud, a neighbourhood of Ville-Marie some say the city has neglected.
The Faubourgs Particular Urban Planning Program (PPU) "represents the beginning of a new chapter for this key sector which will see itself, in the near future, transformed into living environments on a human scale, friendly, inclusive, sustainable and open to the Saint Lawrence River," according to a press release.
"With the adoption of the Faubourgs PPU, we arrive at a historic crossroads for the future of the sector which is both a tightly woven district, with strong identities and rich history, but also a gateway to the metropolis," Plante said.
According to the city's plans, the Faubourgs PPU will bring:
"the arrival of thousands of new housing units, including social, affordable and family housing
"developments promoting ecological transition and active mobility, with 7 new cycle links, 6 new public parks totalling 9 hectares, and the creation or redevelopment of green and peaceful streets
"access to the river restored to the Centre-Sud population, with the development of a central 1.2-hectare park bordering a new riverside promenade and an improved link from west to east towards an enlarged Parc du Pied-du-Courant
"the consolidation of local commercial arteries and the commercial fabric, the creation of 3 employment centers and the arrival of 15,000 new jobs
"the transformation of the entrance to the Ville-Marie highway into an urban boulevard, west of the Jacques-Cartier bridge
"civic poles, with schools and sports and community facilities
"an entrance to the Jacques-Cartier Bridge better integrated into the living environment and a reunified Faubourgs park
"the protection and enhancement of local heritage."
The plan will be presented to the city council at the next meeting. There is currently no timeline for the project.