In this age of mass online shopping, the transformation of shopping malls is starting well and truly in the Montreal area. Let’s consider in particular the residential, commercial and office project of RioCan and Broccolini in Kirkland, which was announced at the beginning of the year. The most recent example: the transformation of Jardins Dorval, near Trudeau Airport.
The venerable shopping center, built in 1954, sacrificed one of its parking lots, which had become unnecessary, to build as many as six apartment towers of 1,000 housing units as part of the project called Square d’Orval. This name is meant in honor of the coureur des bois Jean-Baptiste Bouchard dit d’Orval, who acquired these lands in the late 17th century.
The owner-developer is North American Development Group (NADG), which purchased the property in 2019. We know of building large malls in the 2000s. We owe it to him in particular to Carrefour de la Rive Sud, in Boucherville, which accompanies the IKEA store on South Beach.
Six years horizon
In all, the plaza will consist of six 8- to 16-storey towers housing over 1,000 rental and condominium units. In addition to the presence of local stores, restaurants and other services. The first two rental towers of 360 units represent an investment of over 150 million. This first phase, signed by architecture firm Provencher Roy, should take place over two years.
The buildings will offer views of Lake St. Louis, to the east, Mount Royal and downtown Montreal, and to the north from planes at Trudeau Airport for aircraft controllers.
The underground parking will disappear except for 50 places. An island of unnecessary heat, the Earth will become green space on more than half of its surface: parks, community gardens, and rooftop terraces. “This is possible thanks to the high-rise construction that has the effect of reducing the footprint,” North America Vice President of Development Sylvain Forte explains over the phone.
A clearance of 25 meters will be respected between the towers and the one-story houses on Avenue Louise-Lamy to the west of the site. “This is also a request made by the residents of the project as part of the open house that NADG held at the start of the project,” Glenn Munro, managing partner, said in a statement.
Two years of preparation
Before arriving at the groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, the project has been the subject of discussions and consultations with residents of Dorval for two years. “These discussions with residents and the city have enabled us to develop, improve and localize the project,” Mr. Forte added in the same press release.
Details of the next phases will be the subject of later announcements as the work progresses.
Founded in 1977, North American Development Group has, throughout its history, operated more than 250 shopping mall, residential and mixed-use developments, totaling more than 35 million square feet, in Canada and the United States.
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