Statement on the proposed redevelopment of the Décarie Square shopping centre

The City Côte Saint-Luc announced today that, while not opposed to redevelopments in general, the city and its residents have concerns about how a proposed new residential and commercial development will increase traffic in the Vézina/Décarie area.

The new owners of Décarie Square recently announced their vision for a redevelopment of the existing shopping centre, including a 14-storey tower with residential, commercial and medical clinics. This type of redevelopment would require the city to approve zoning changes. As of yet, no plans have been submitted to the city and and no zoning changes have yet been reviewed.

“At our request, the developer has commissioned a traffic study to understand the effect of a possible redevelopment,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “Adding more vehicle traffic to the area that is already heavily congested requires a larger plan that includes adding more public transit options. We’re open to having this discussion with the developper and will keep residents up-to-date on our progress.”

Councillor Oren Sebag, who represents the area, says he is committed to ensuring solutions to ease traffic are considered from the start.

“The residents are frustrated and have had enough," Councillor Sebag said. 'We must put front and centre the issue of improved transport and mobility before any project is approved."

Earlier this year, Côte Saint-Luc launched an initiative to develop solutions to the problem of traffic congestion along the Décarie corridor. We have met with mayors and councillors from neighbouring cities and boroughs in an effort to find short-, medium-, and long-term solutions. Côte Saint-Luc believes that cities in our area must develop a transport strategy with the relevant transit authorities in order to ensure new development projects are successful.

“Some of the ideas discussed among our cities were the establishment of a train station at Décarie Square, the introduction of a tramway along Jean Talon St. toward Côte-des-Neiges Rd., better pedestrian and active transport along the Décarie corridor, improved flow at all Décarie Blvd. intersections, and rapid bus transit to the metro stations with adequate parking facilities for commuters,” said Councillor Dida Berku, who chairs the West End Transport Group.

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