Some Point St. Charles residents not thrilled with Peel Basin ballpark idea

Many Montrealers are excited about the prospect of major league baseball returning to Montreal one day.

But some residents of Point St. Charles are expressing concern about the prospect of a shiny new ballpark setting up shop in their neighborhood.

The location coveted by the Stephen Bronfman-led group looking to bring baseball back to Montreal is at the Peel Basin — a stone's throw from Griffintown and Point St. Charles. It's an option favored by Montreal mayor Valerie Plante, who points out it'll be right near one of the new REM stations in the neighborhood.

But a citizen's group called Action-Gardien in Point St. Charles says the plan to build a stadium in the area will not meet the needs of existing residents — mainly a pressing need for affordable housing.

Point St. Charles is home to about 15,000 people, and has long been a working-class neighborhood. Many locals say they're tired of new developments that only serve to driving up housing prices.

Matthew Ross with Expos Nation says he wants to hear from the community before the land for the park — currently owned by the federal Canada Lands Corporation — is sold to the Bronfman group.

"There has to be a conversation, there's no question about it," Ross told CJAD 800. "Just like there's a conversation with every other major development, whether it's a gigantic new shopping centre or anything like that."