Visitors and Montrealers alike have for years now been witness to the sad sight of disused buildings and vacant lots next to the Monument-National on Saint-Laurent Boulevard. Comprised of nine lots, this major site, located in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles, is in dire need of redevelopment, not unlike that previously undertaken by the 2-22 and the Société des arts technologiques (SAT), which have established themselves there. Spearheaded by the Société de développement Angus, the new project is meant to be unifying in its approach and respectful of the Main’s heritage, while being attuned to the imperatives of today’s real estate market.
Société de développement Angus
100,000 m² - Food Hall: 9 000 m² - Hotel Complex (Phase 2) - MEM: 9 000 m², office spaces and exhibition area - Société québécoise des infrastructures (SQI) - 45 000 m² , 8 floors of office spaces
Carré Saint-Laurent is more than a real estate project: taking a cue from the work already begun in the Quartier des spectacles, it will further contribute to the neighbourhood’s economic, social and cultural revitalization. As of 2019, it will offer a living and working environment where residents can run errands and enjoy a fine meal, all without the need for a car. The stretch of Saint-Laurent Boulevard south of Sainte-Catherine Street will once again thrive as a cultural hotspot as it has in the past, until those glory days ended shortly after World War II.
The project developers are equally aware of the need for consensus-building in this pivotal downtown neighbourhood now undergoing requalification. The proposed project calls for the construction of a tall building, slightly set back from Saint-Laurent Boulevard.
It will fit seamlessly into the urban fabric, integrating the creation of an “urban fresco” with the recoverable pieces of the Boulevard Saint-Laurent historic facades.
The latter, drawing inspiration from the small neighbourhood markets and food trucks Montrealers enjoy so much, current trends in the food industry and the developer’s own philosophy, will be skewed toward fair-trade businesses. Carré Saint-Laurent is pursuing LEED Canada-CS certification, LEED Canada-CI Gold certification for interior construction MEM and LEED Canada-CI certification for the offices of Société québécoise des infrastructures.
Green Project Award, Montréal du Futur 2014
Lancement du projet Carré Saint-Laurent au Quartier des spectacles de Montréal – La Société de développement Angus table sur la mixité pour revitaliser durablement le secteur sud du boulevard Saint-Laurent