Ville de Montréal - Arr. de Verdun

Ville de Montréal - Arr. de Verdun

May 18, 2006 10:45 ET

$12 million investment and 120 new jobs: Ecological Recreation Centre Featuring a Golf Course to be Developed on Nuns' Island

VERDUN, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 18, 2006) - The Mayor of the Borough of Verdun, Claude Trudel, today announced the development of an ecological golf course on the southern tip of Nuns' Island by 2008.

An agreement-in-principle has been reached between the Borough of Verdun and Groupe IGG to develop and manage a 260,000 m2 ecological recreation centre located on an undeveloped site next to the Saint Lawrence River and the Boise Saint-Paul woods, only minutes from downtown Montreal. The "Trinity" project will require an investment of $12 million and once in operation will create 120 jobs.

"This project is the outcome of efforts by elected officials, civil servants and citizens to preserve more green spaces on Nuns' Island," said Mr. Trudel, adding that since 1989, Verdun's municipal administration has been committed to replacing the temporary golf course that was developed in a residentially zoned area at the entrance to the island. The Trinity project was included in the City of Montreal's 2005 Master Plan.

Led by Matthew Calpakis, a resident of Nuns' Island for 39 years, Groupe IGG was chosen following a bidding process initiated in 2004. The agreement-in-principle is expected to be approved by the Borough Council on June 6. The agreement includes the signing of a 40-year emphyteutic lease, in addition to three 10-year optional renewals.

Groupe IGG's Trinity project is more than a mere golf course-it will also offer recreational and sporting services and equipment, some of which will be accessible year-round. The project will include the following:

- A nine-hole ecological golf course (pars 3, 4 and 5);

- A driving range and a short-game practice area;

- A golf school; one hole will be reserved for professional

- Heated indoor driving and practice areas for the winter season;

- An indoor virtual golf centre and pro shop;

- A nordic-style nature spa;

- Two restaurants and conference rooms;

- Several winter activities.

"The success of this project will make a significant economic and environmental contribution and will add enormous value for the entire Verdun community and its population," Mr. Calpakis noted.
The ecological golf course project includes the creation of new green spaces, new water and wetland areas as well as new nesting areas specifically developed for the many species of animals living in that sector of the island, including foxes, hares, herons and several types of migratory birds that pass through this area popular among bird-watching enthusiasts.

The golf course and high-end teaching centre will be designed by Darrell Huxham, a Groupe IGG partner and well-known golf-course architect, who has created some of Canada's most attractive courses, including Le Fontainebleau in Blainville, the new course at the Manoir Richelieu, Le Maitre de Mont-Tremblant, Glen Arbour in Nova Scotia and Hunters Pointe in Welland, Ontario.

Enhancing natural environments

Mr. Trudel also noted that Verdun has worked tirelessly to protect Nuns' Island areas with significant ecological value from all residential development.

As a result, since 1990, the Verdun administration has acquired wooded areas totalling approximately 300,000 m2, including Boise Saint-Paul. A group of citizens participated in this green spaces protection operation by authorizing the addition of 20,000 m2 to Boise Saint-Paul.

In 2000, Verdun acquired 320,000 m2 of land at the southern tip of Nuns' Island. With this acquisition, 64% of the entire southern tip was reserved for green spaces. Verdun also acquired more than 35,000 m2 of land from developers and grouped it together in order to create natural habitats.

In addition, in its initiative to develop the ecological golf course, the borough paid $1 to acquire close to 260,000 m2 of land between Boise Saint-Paul and the Saint Lawrence River.

Mr. Trudel indicated that with the rent collected from Groupe IGG, the Borough of Verdun will create a fund earmarked solely for maintaining and enhancing the natural environments adjoining the golf course.

Finally, Mr. Trudel said the project will have no impact on taxes paid by Verdun residents.

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