The mixed-use Westbury Montreal development represents “the first domino to fall” in an area of Montreal with strong development potential, says the developer behind the project.
The $250-million Westbury Montreal and other planned projects will transform the midtown Décarie Boulevard area, says Marc Lefort, vice-president, sales and marketing at Devmont.
“This neighbourhood is undergoing real change,” says Lefort, who spoke at the Montreal Board of Trade’s recent Strategic Forum on Major Real Estate Projects.
Westbury Montreal will include eight buildings on 370,000 square feet of land, including six residential buildings (four condominium buildings and two rental apartment buildings ranging from 10 to 12 storeys), a 12-storey office building with 160,000 square feet of space and a 250-room hotel.
Overall, the buildings will have more than 1.1 million square feet of space.
Devmont has inked a deal with a major hotel chain which it prefers not to name, Lefort says. The hotel and office building will be located on Décarie.
Royalmount shopping centre
One of the area’s major developments includes the proposed Royalmount shopping mall in Town of Mount Royal at the junction of highways 15 and 40. The planned $1.7-billion megaproject by Carbonleo, which would be built on former industrial site, would also include hotels, office space, movie theatres and a concert hall.
Another major project includes an eventual housing development at the site of the former Hippodrome Blue Bonnets.
The Westbury Montreal project will create a transition between the commercial sector of Décarie and the nearby residential neighbourhood, Lefort says.
It will be built at the site of the former Armstrong Industries factory between Décarie and Westbury Avenue, which is currently being demolished.
Construction is slated to begin in the fall, with the first building to be completed in 2019 and the entire project scheduled for completion in 2022.
Lefort notes the proximity of railway tracks to the development poses challenges, but that a rarity of large plots of land is forcing developers to make use of sites that would not have previously been considered attractive.
Metro stations nearby
Several studies on sound and vibrations have been conducted and “everything has been done to minimize (noise) challenges.” Quality construction should eliminate noise from the trains, he says. A pedestrian overpass will also be built over the rail tracks.
The site is considered to be in a TOD (Transit Oriented Development) neighbourhood with two Métro stations nearby.
Westbury Montreal will also include 60,000 square feet of retail space with stores that will enable residents to live a car-free lifestyle, Lefort says. Planned stores include a supermarket, pharmacy, restaurants, cafes, daycare and dental and medical clinics.
Streets and sidewalks will be built with unistone paving and sidewalks will be at the same levels as roads. There will also be a 37,000-square-foot park.
Innovative rain management is planned for the site, with the first five millimetres of rainwater to be retained for use in the project’s green spaces.
Part of the residential project will include affordable and social housing.
Condos will range from 550 to 1,500 square feet. As part of the marketing for Primma Condominiums, visits to the site are being offered by limousine.