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The OCPM was given a mandate by the Ville de Montréal to hold a public consultation on the future of the Bridge-Bonaventure sector.

The sector, which covers 2.3 square kilometres and straddles the Sud-Ouest and Ville‑Marie boroughs, includes the area surrounding the Victoria and Champlain Bridge entrances, the Pointe-Sainte-Charles business park, the Peel and Wellington Basins, the Cité-du-Havre, the Pointe-du-Moulin, the shoreline and Bickerdike Pier.

In its presentation document, Montréal submitted the following vision statement for public consultation: “The built, archeological and landscape heritage and the entrances to the city are the foundations for the area’s economic and urban renewal, a renewal focusing on a healthy environment, quality developments and active mobility.”[1]

The proposed vision statement is accompanied by the 5 following principles:[2]

  • Principle 1: Highlighting of heritage and landscape components
  • Principle 2: Showcasing of entrances to the city
  • Principle 3: Strengthening of active and public transportation connections at the heart of mobility
  • Principle 4: Networking of public spaces and emblematic places supported by a green corridor
  • Principle 5: Economic and urban renewal

For more information on the vision and principles proposed by the City, consult the information document (document 3.1) at the following address: ocpm.qc.ca/fr/bridge-bonaventure/documentation

The OCPM proposes a few open questions for your consideration on topics related to the principles stemming from Montréal’s presentation document in order to stimulate your thought process. You may also use the “other opinions” option to express your thoughts on any other subject that is of concern or interest to you.

 

Theme 1: Area’s Vocation

The area has major development potential owing to its economic vocation and its proximity to downtown, two entrances to the city, and the Port of Montréal, and to its wealth of history, heritage and landscapes. It will undergo numerous transformations over the coming years.

Questions to stimulate your thought process

  • In your opinion, what should be the area’s future vocation to allow it to achieve its full potential?
  • In your opinion, what is the Bridge-Bonaventure sector’s greatest strength?
  • In your opinion, what is the Bridge-Bonaventure sector’s greatest weakness?
  • In your opinion, what opportunities should be seized for the future of the Bridge-Bonaventure sector?
  • In your opinion, does the sector have a specific identity/personality that should be preserved or enhanced?

 

Theme 2: Heritage

Since the 19th century, successive waves of transformation have shaped a sector that today comprises a number of Montréal landmarks, such as Silo No. 5, the Five Roses Flower sign, Habitat 67, Victoria Bridge, Lachine Canal, breathtaking views of downtown, etc. The heritage that characterizes the Bridge-Bonaventure area takes a number of forms: industrial; architectural; archeological; landscape; and historic.

Questions to stimulate your thought process

  • What is the heritage element (building, landscape, archeological site, historical site, commemorative element, infrastructure, etc.) that is most special to you in the Bridge-Bonaventure area? Why and how would you like to see it highlighted?
  • In your opinion, what is the area’s most emblematic heritage element (building, landscape, archeological site, historical site, commemorative element, infrastructure, etc.)? Why and how would you like to see it highlighted?
  • In your opinion, what urban functions or uses within the district would be compatible with the area’s heritage aspects?

 

Theme 3: Entrance to the city

Whether one arrives from the South Shore, Verdun, Île des Sœurs (Nuns’ Island) or much further afield, and whether one is a daily or occasional visitor, the Bridge-Bonaventure sector forms a strategic link to downtown, where the entrances to the city from the Samuel-De Champlain and Victoria Bridges converge.

Questions to stimulate your thought process

  • In your eyes, what is an entrance to the city? How should it be designed?
  • Montréal’s presentation document describes two entrances to the city: the Samuel-de-Champlain/Bonaventure Expressway corridor; and the Victoria Bridge/Bridge Street corridor. In your opinion, should other entrances to the city be identified in the sector and why?

 

Theme 4: Mobility

Regardless of one’s preferred means of transportation, getting to or travelling through the Bridge-Bonaventure area is not an easy task. Yet every day, employees, residents and visitors go about their lives there, and an impressive volume of merchandise flows through it as well.

Questions to stimulate your thought process

  • How can we increase active and public transportation use in this area which remains split by a variety of important transportation infrastructures?
  • In your opinion, how can we improve the Bridge-Bonaventure sector’s connections with neighbouring areas with a view to facilitating the use of active and public transportation?

 

Theme 5: Green corridor

The Bridge-Bonaventure sector comprises unique landscapes and natural assets. However, those assets are sometimes difficult to access. The creation of a green corridor would make it possible to link those points of interest via a network of vegetated pedestrian or bicycle paths, thereby also reducing heat islands.

Questions to stimulate your thought process

  • In your opinion, what landscapes or green spaces in the Bridge-Bonaventure sector should be highlighted and in what way?
  • In your opinion, what areas of the Bridge-Bonaventure sector should be connected to each other by a green corridor?

 

Theme 6: Functional uses

The Bridge-Bonaventure sector enjoys a strategic economic, recreational and tourism position, owing to the presence of Bickerdike Pier and the Canadian National Railway tracks and to the proximity to downtown, Old Montreal and the Old Port. The sector attracted very early on several major industrial players which became emblematic in Montréal economy, some of which are still active today. More recently, telecommunications and audiovisual companies have also established themselves there, notably in the Pointe-Saint-Charles business park.

Question to stimulate your thought process

  • In your opinion, what types of economic activities (industrial, commercial, tourism, etc.) should be promoted in the area?

 

The Bridge-Bonaventure area is also, in some part, home to some residents; the residential component could be developed in the future.

Question to stimulate your thought process

  • Being aware of the fact that this is a predominantly industrial area, in your opinion, where and under what conditions could the residential component be developed?

 

The Groupe de Montréal, which brings together Montréal-based business leaders and is headed by Stephen Bronfman, submitted a document (5.3.1) within the framework of this public consultation stating its intention to bring major-league baseball back to Montréal and to build a new stadium. The Groupe de Montréal identifies, in that same document, the Peel and Wellington Basins area for the location of the new stadium.

Question to stimulate your thought process

  • What do you think of the possible establishment of a new baseball stadium in the Peel and Wellington Basins area?

 

Theme 7: Other opinions

Are there other important elements to be considered in planning for the future of the Bridge-Bonaventure sector?

 

[1] Ville de Montréal, Document 3.1, p. 24

[2] Ville de Montréal, Document 3.1, p. 26-30

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