Office de consultation publique de Montréal

Office de consultation publique de Montréal

June 29, 2009 10:02 ET

Public Consultation on Seville Block Rehabilitation: OCPM Reports Conditional Support

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 29, 2009) - The Office de consultation publique de Montreal (OCPM) makes available today the report on the spring 2009 consultation on the redevelopment project for the Seville block, at the west end of the borough of Ville-Marie business sector.

The project in question calls for redevelopment of all the properties along the north side of Sainte-Catherine Street West, from Chomedey to Lambert-Closse Streets, including the building of the old Seville theatre. The plans involve the demolition of existing buildings and the construction of a new student housing building, on a site currently occupied by vacant three-storey buildings constructed between the late 1800s and 1930. The Seville theatre building has been designated as an historic monument by the City of Montreal. The "Residences Seville" building would include community, recreational and administrative spaces, as well as 1155 student rooms.

Some 120 people participated in the consultation, and the commission received 13 briefs, presented orally or in writing. Overall, the project was well received. A referendum register may be opened as required following the filing of the report. People see the repurposing of the block as an initiative to revitalize an undesirable part of the neighbourhood. However, some concerns were voiced at the hearing, primarily concerning the target clientele, the protection of old buildings, and heights.

The commission agrees with many of those comments. Although it recognizes the need for student housing, it notes that the developer has signed no agreement guaranteeing that clientele. Some participants also expressed a wish to see a more permanent resident base settle in the area. The commission therefore recommends that the project target a broader clientele by integrating the goals of the city's affordable housing inclusion strategy.

Moreover, the commission notes the dilapidated state of the old Seville theatre, and believes that the city should implement tools to ensure proper maintenance of its recognized historic buildings. It also believes that the other old buildings on the block should be evaluated with a view to finding new ways of preserving their heritage elements.

Lastly, the commission recommends that the 25-storey tower at the corner of Sainte-Catherine and Lambert-Closse be lowered by 15 metres, in keeping with the height of the tallest buildings surrounding Cabot square. The commission also examined several other issues, including the location of the delivery entrance, and offered a number of suggestions and recommendations.

The consultation report and other information on the project are available at the OCPM offices, 1550 Metcalfe Street, 14th Floor, and on the Office Web site, www.ocpm.qc.ca. For information, please call 514 872- 3568.

Contact Information

  • OCPM
    Luc Doray
    514-872-3568
    Cell: 514-977-8365