- Mayor Valérie Plante is advocating for the cancellation of a condo development in order to create a massive new public park.
- If completed, the park would be the largest of its kind in Canada and 8 times larger than Central Park in New York
Mayor Valérie Plante and the city of Montreal want to stop condo construction on part of the island and turn the land into the the largest urban park in Canada instead.
Several developers have put together a 5,500 unit condo development for part of West Island. The problem with the condos' location is that they are located in area deemed high risk areas, according to the new provincial flood map.
The municipal administration is advocating for the cancellation of this project in favour of new public space that would link together the l’Anse-à-l’Orme park, the Bois-de-la-Roche park and the Cap-Saint-Jacques, as well as other non-protected areas.
Land acquisitions would have to be made in these areas to make the project possible.
In total, the park would measure more than 3,000 hectares. That is over 8 times bigger than Central Park, which measures 341 hectares.
Valérie Plante declared at a press confrence earlier today that this is the biggest park creation gesture since the creation of the Mont-Royal Park, reports Journal Métro.
Though the city believes that there may be legal challenges from the condo developers, they feel that they will be able to come to a compromise with the real estate developers.
As of right now, there is no estimate as to how much this project would cost. One can assume that the cost will depend on the price of component land parcels and associated legal fees.
The project will not be set in stone for several more months, as public consultations and other steps will need to be taken before the project officially gets underway.