Public Consultations Begins on Two Construction Projects in the Saint-Laurent BLVD / Sainte-Catherine Street Area

mer, 05/06/2009


Montréal, May 6, 2009 – The Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM) announces today the beginning of the consultation on two construction projects in the area of Saint-Laurent Boulevard and Sainte-Catherine Street, at the heart of the Quartier des spectacles.

The first building, the “2-22 Sainte-Catherine,” will be built on a 900-square-metre lot along Sainte-Catherine Street, east of Saint-Laurent Boulevard and west of Saint-Dominique Street. The glassed facade of the 33.5-metre-tall, eight-storey building on Sainte-Catherine Street will be flanked by two more opaque lateral facades. The building will house the Vitrine culturelle as well as a central promotion and ticket office for cultural events. It is slated to become a symbolic, visual landmark for the arts, shows and entertainment.

The second building, the “Quadrilatère Saint-Laurent,” will be erected on lots covering an area of 4100 square metres between the National Monument and Sainte-Catherine Street, west of Saint-Laurent Boulevard and east of Clark Street. The project involves a commercial complex comprising approximately 28,000 square metres of office space and 4000 square metres of retail space. The complex will include an underground parking garage for 231 automobiles and 200 bicycles.
The building will feature a three-storey volume along the edge of the property, topped with a second volume recessed from the first. Its highest point will not exceed 48 metres. Although the project calls for the demolition of existing buildings, certain facades of heritage interest will be removed and later integrated into the new building.

The developer for both projects is the Société de développement Angus (SDA).

The projects require amendments to the Montréal Master Plan, the adoption of a Projet Particulier pursuant to the Règlement sur les projets particuliers de construction, de modification ou d’occupation d’un immeuble dans l’arrondissement Ville-Marie, as well as a by-law amending the planning by-law of the borough of Ville-Marie. The amendments in question pertain to height and density. An amendment to the Programme particulier d’urbanisme du Quartier des spectacles (PPU) is also planned, involving the addition of a building acquisition program to allow the project to proceed. As the draft by-law amending the zoning by-law of the borough of Ville-Marie was adopted under section 89, subparagraph 3 of the Charter of Ville de Montréal, it is not subject to approval by referendum.

In view of the important structuring effects of the two projects on that area of Saint-Laurent Boulevard, it has been decided that consultations will be held by commissions working closely together. The consultation will be held in two parts. In the first, citizens and groups are invited to attend information evenings where the developer will present its plans and City representatives will explain the by-laws required for their implementation. The citizens may then ask any questions they like about the projects. The evenings, which will examine specific aspects of the projects, are scheduled as follows:

May 19, 7:00 p.m.
2-22 Sainte-Catherine – General presentation (vision, proposed project and by-laws)

May 20, 7:00 p.m.
Quadrilatère Saint-Laurent – General presentation (vision, proposed project and by-laws)

May 21, 7:00 p.m.
Social impact of the two projects, retail offering and cultural animation

May 25, 7:00 p.m.
2-22 Sainte-Catherine – Architectural concept and urban insertion and heritage

May 26, 7:00 p.m.
Quadrilatère Saint-Laurent – Architectural concept and urban insertion and heritage

The second part involves the presentation of briefs, on Monday, June 8, for the “2.22 Sainte-Catherine” project, and on Tuesday, June 9, for the “Quadrilatère Saint-Laurent” project, again at 7:00 p.m. These meetings will be held at the:

Hôtel Holiday Inn Select
99 Viger Avenue (at Saint-Urbain)
Place-d’Armes Métro

The deadline to register to present or file a brief is June 4. All information pertaining to the consultations is available at the OCPM offices, the Direction du greffe de la Ville de Montréal, 275 Notre-Dame Street East, and the Ville-Marie borough office, 888 de Maisonneuve Boulevard East, 5th Floor. The documentation is also available on the Office Web site, at For information, please call 514 872-8510.

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Luc Doray
Tel.: 514 872-3568
Cell: 514 977-8365