The city of Montreal recently announced initiatives for some major refurbishments near the University of Quebec and Montreal (UQAM) area, as part of the Special Planning Program Quartier des spectacles – Latin Quartier.
The announcement comes after an agreement between the City of Montreal and UQAM, thanks to a 25-year contract signed under the Acces Jardins program.
The latest plan is the building and development of several squares and gardens on the outskirts of UQAM and consists of two phases. Both phases include the reconstruction and refurbishment of some major infrastructures, as well as an upgrade to public spaces around the UQAM area, making them more accessible to the public and user-friendly.
The project also includes making public spaces greener, the addition of bike racks, and improved access for people with reduced mobility. The extra bike racks will facilitate more activity and travel through UQAM, quality of public spaces would be improved, and four public charging stations for electric vehicles are being planned.
Phase one, which is slotted to begin in June of 2018, will include work on:
- Place Pasteur
- St. Jacques Church Courtyard
- Notre Dame de Lourdes Chapel courtyard (on St. Catherine St.)
- Work on DeSeve garden (a current courtyard of the J.A. DeSeve Pavillion)
- Work on the Green Station, a new place on rue Sanguinet
- Development of Christin Street
- Refurbishment of St. Catherine St. between St. Denis and Berri.
Phase two will commence between 2019 and 2020 and involve:
- Continued work on Place Pasteur
- St. Denis St., between De Maisonneuve Blvd East and St. Catherine St. East.
- Continued work on St. Jacques Church Courtyard
- Creating a number of bicycle spaces and restoring sewer systems and aqueducts in the Savignac and Sanguinet streets