If you've walked along St-Laurent recently you've probably noticed an unusually high amount of closed businesses. You can tell because they've been promptly spray painted by taggers who do not fear repercussions from the owners because, there are no owners.
According to La Presse, throughout the entire boulevard more than 160 storefronts are vacant, most of them being ground floor businesses. Between Sherbrooke and Mount-Royal alone, the busiest section of the boulevard, 47 storefronts remain unoccupied.
According to real estate brokers, there is no interest in the area. This is disturbing because it's supposed to be one the busiest areas in the city, when you think of an area like St-Laurent Boulevard, you imagine a massive lineup of businesses fighting over each other to open a store front there. And yet in the area of little Italy where there are about 110 commercial locations, 10 remain unoccupied and real estate brokers predict that only 4 will rented out by the summer (if they're lucky). Adding to the problem are the old businesses who are disappearing because they aren't adapting to today's consumer needs as well as the waves of taggers who cover the empty store front with graffiti which makes the area seem even more abandoned and undesirable.
Still it seems some owners aren't worried and think the trouble is only temporary. Bruce Burnett who owns a number of store fronts says he's fully booked since the start of February and the restaurant Aux Vivres has recently doubled in size.
So maybe things aren't as bad as they seem, the Société de Développement du Boulevard Saint-Laurent (Society for the development of St-Laurent boulevard) claims that La Presse did not include in their calculations the number of closed store front that are still technically occupied or still under lease (but being kept closed until the market picks up so they can charge a higher rent), the buildings being renovated which will eventually be occupied, as well as the businesses that are in the process of being rented. They claim that when you factor this in, the level of occupation is actually better than it was in 2012.
Canada Day falls on a Thursday this year. Whether you're spending the day moving, partaking in COVID-safe celebrations or attending a vigil/protest, Thursday will probably have a different feel to it than the rest of the week.
Whether it's near Quebec City, the Outaouais, the Laurentians or Montreal, there is plenty of choice when it comes to finding a home in the seven figures. And they're way more fun to peruse than $1,000/month rental apartments.
Address: 2432, rue des Palmipèdes, Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC
Description: For a little over a million dollars, you can get a luxurious townhome in the Bois-Franc neighbourhood, renovated with high-end finishings. It has four bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, a private backyard and is located near a future REM station.
Address: 1010, rue des Tournesols, Sainte-Adèle, QC
Description: In the Laurentians, a million dollars will get you a single-family home with an indoor pool, 15 rooms and more than 35,000-square-feet — all perched on top of a mountain with breathtaking nature views.
Description: It's not so easy to find beautiful centenniel homes — let alone ones that have been well maintained. This four-bedroom house is renovated, but still preserves its unique charm with a gas fireplace and finished attic.
Description: Perfect for a large family. You'll find, among other things, an in-ground pool (with lights at night!), three fireplaces, a home theatre, a large backyard and two Gordon Ramsay-style kitchens.
Description: How about a farmhouse with stables and an indoor riding arena? That's what's for sale in this small municipality in Bas Saint-Laurent. With more than 4 million square feet, there's plenty of room for you and your horse to run — and there's even a spa where you can relax when you're done.
The SAQ will be closed on Thursday. The company also said most of its stores will close at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, "with the exception of SAQ 20 h branches, which will close at 8 p.m., and SAQ Express branches, which will close at 9 p.m."
Espace pour la vie properties (the Biodome, Botanical Garden and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium) will be open.
The STM will operate on a holiday schedule. Changes to bus routes will be posted online on individual bus schedules.
Most Montreal boroughs will continue with trash, compost and recycling pick-up as usual. Only two boroughs are changing their schedules: Montréal-Nord is postponing "green waste" (vegetation, leaves, etc.) pick-up to Friday and Ville-Marie is cancelling trash and food waste pickup.
Écocentres will be open.
In a statement, the City of Montreal said recreational and sports facility hours will vary by borough. The city invites the public to contact individual facilities for their schedules.
Starting on June 28, a two-block section of boulevard Pie-IX and a one-block section of rue Jean-Talon will be completely closed to traffic for two years due to the construction of the Pie-IX BRT transit project.
According to the STM, Pie-IX will be closed between rues Bélair and Everett and rue Jean-Talon will be closed between 22e and 23e avenues.