Sustainable and ecological vision for de la Commune to become reality

Demain Montreal vision. Photo: City of Montreal

A sustainable and ecological "city" of the future is set to be built within the next four years between the Bonaventure Expressway and the Lachine Canal.

Mayor Valerie Plante announced the winner of the "Reinventing Montreal" award on Tuesday — Demain Montréal, a collaboration between Pomerleau, Ivanhoé Cambridge and Cogir.

They will get the chance to build their vision in the city's de la Commune area.

"Something that we were really attrached to was that while it will be private housing, people will be able to go through the first floor and easily reach the canal," Mayor Valerie Plante said. "We love the idea of connecting public spaces with private spaces."

The city will sell the developers the 9km property located at 987 de la Commune St. W. for about $4.3 Million. 

If the project isn't completed within four years, the property will revert back to city ownership.

"I really like the idea of working together and being pratners in order to achieve great projects in Montreal," said Plante.

The 20-storey structure will feature an indoor basement farm, a rooftop beehive, and a public market which will include zero-waste grocery stores and restaurants.

Plante said the project will set aside about half of its units; 20 per cent for social housing, 20 per cent for affordable housing, and 10 to 20 per cent for family housing.