Griffintown is a former working-class neighborhood in southwest Montreal. The neighborhood is located between Notre-Dame Street, the Bonaventure Expressway and Georges-Vanier Boulevard. It is located north of the Lachine Canal. It is important to mention that the neighborhood is divided into two parts, one part in the Sud-Ouest borough of Montreal and the other in the Ville-Marie borough of Montreal.
The Cité du multimédia has been built partly above the ruins. The remains are kept in the McCord Museum. Director Michel Regnier made a film on the subject in 1972. David O’Keefe published a historical book in English called The Ghosts of Griffintown.
In 2005, the project of moving the Casino de Montréal around the Peel Basin, in an entertainment complex in partnership with Cirque du Soleil, provoked controversy because of the social impact of the establishment of a gambling establishment. in a poor neighborhood. The project was finally abandoned in 2006.
Real Estate Projets
Projects On November 11, 2010, South West Borough Mayor Benoît Dorais reported that Griffintown is the envy of many real estate developers because they want to build twenty-three real estate projects, or 6,500 housing units, unheard of in Montreal7.
Prével – Lowney
At the root of the recent revitalization of the neighborhood and the craze for Griffintown, property developer Prével [archive] began in 2003 its Lowney project [archive] which consisted at that time in the renovation of the old Lowney chocolate factories (Cherry Blossom) a neighborhood icon8. Since then, Prével [archive] has sold more than 1125 housing units spread over 11 phases and recently launched its new block of more than 500 units, Lowney Sur Ville [archive] 9.
Griffin District is a future multi-phase real estate project in Griffintown. On August 30, 2010, developer Devimco announced investments of $ 475 million for its first phase, which will include four towers representing 1,375 homes, businesses and a hotel10.
The Bonaventure District will be the future neighborhood at the entrance to Montreal along the new urban boulevard Bonaventure11.
Prével – Rachel Julien – Bassins of Le Havre
Real estate project thought from the perspective of sustainable development, the Bassins du Havre [archive] make the link between ecology and real estate development. There are 1,800 homes in this innovative project seeking LEED12 certification.
Announced in 2013, L’Hexagone [archive] is a high-end apartment project developed in partnership by Devimco, Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ and Société de gestion Cogir13. Estimated at $ 66 million, the building will include 257 rental apartments and commercial spaces on the first floor.