Article Date: Mon Aug 24, 2020
The STM is planning the long-awaited extension of the metro blue line to CF Galeries d’Anjou.
Cadillac Fairview has a bold vision to catapult Montréal’s East End into the 21st century by incorporating the new transit hub into a modern, sustainable mixed-use development that will become the city centre of the East End. Together, we can imagine a brand-new, world-class development that puts people at the core of architecture and design!
Cadillac Fairview was the catalyst for the growth of Anjou when it built CF Galeries d’Anjou in 1968. For over 50 years, Cadillac Fairview has continued to expand and develop the property and invest in the community. Now, we are proposing an innovative and unifying vision for the revitalization of the neighborhood – a mixed-use development that features assorted residential buildings, senior’s residence, an office campus, hotel, green spaces, a public plaza and walkable, livable streets.
The success of the development depends on the ability to integrate the new proposed metro and bus terminus into the project. The STM’s plans must be carefully considered to ensure that they do not hinder any development or the continued success of CF Galeries d’Anjou. An open air bus terminus, standalone metro stations, massive incentive parking garages and new high-traffic roads intersecting the property must be avoided.
Cadillac Fairview’s vision for the Anjou station site is a vibrant Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) that integrates TOD guiding principles by offering:
· A diversity of residential, retail, and commercial uses in a higher density development, thereby allowing for greater integration of service and more job opportunities, all in a safe and pleasant environment of human scale.
· Multi-modal connections, allowing transfers to alternative transport to be an easier and warmer experience, while connecting the transit hub to surrounding foot and bike traffic networks.
· An architecturally distinct and more refined image of the building and landscape ensemble.
The vision that we have for the future CF Galeries d’Anjou neighbourhood is to create a 21st century, world-class, quality living environment that is of human scale, dynamic, sustainable and meets the contemporary challenges of urban development.
Additionally, we strongly believe that a mixed-use, high-density neighbourhood should be built around streets that are pedestrian and bike-friendly, where the new metro and bus station would be integrated with offices, restaurants, shops and proximity services, and new residential spaces. The new metro station must be integrated to a carefully planned urban development to optimize land use and promote densification of spaces in accordance with sustainability principles, and to promote the use of active and alternative modes of transportation in a safe environment.
CF presented its vision at a public consultation for the STM, which was held this past March. For this detailed overview, please click here.