Wanklyn consultation Tuesday
If you want to participate in the public consultations about the Wanklyn development next week, you must make an appointment with Gilles Vézina at (514) 872-8510 today or tomorrow.
The hearings will be held next Tuesday night, October 13 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Sofia reception centre, 420 Avenue Lafleur in LaSalle.
Vézina says that submissions in English are welcome, so please do so. Although residents who participated in the information session on September 15 who asked questions in English were given answers in French, the commissioners are capable of understanding English presentations.
The Wanklyn project is a residential development to take place on the old TransContinental printing plant property and adjacent lands. The entire project concerns 47,139 square metres between Cherry Lane, Jean-Milot, Wanklyn and Highway 138.
The owner, The Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ, proposes to build 786 units and a park on the site, including 119 units for people with low and moderate incomes, 230 units for first-time buyers who need government assistance to purchase a condo, and 437 rentals, condos and/or seniors’ units.
The hearings are the second step in a consultation led by Montreal’s public consultation office (Office de consultation publique de Montreal or OCPM).
Three commissioners will hear submissions: Bruno Bergeron, who participated in developing the Vincent d’Indy de Boucherville Park; Arlindo Vieira, who was behind a report about the under-representation of minorities in the public service when he led the Conseil des relations interculturelles; and Luba Serge, a specialist in analyzing social housing.
Submissions about the project from the developer and the borough of LaSalle are located at http://ocpm.qc.ca/ilot-wanklyn. Borough submissions a copy of the borough’s zoning, architectural bylaws and housing strategy; a copy of Montreal’s master urban plan and a copy of the regional agglomeration master development plan.
Despite the obvious link between this development and that of the agglomeration, the OCPM is also hearing submissions about the agglomeration development plan Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
Anyone interested in both developments must pick the one they care about most, something that particularly frustrates Sonja Susnjar, the activist who ensured that citizens knew how to reject two previous Wanklyn proposals for development in 2011 and 2012.
Everyone who lives in this enclave knows that expansive development in this area will lead to more gridlock than we already have,” said Susnjar. “There are no active transportation options in this area. I once tried to get to NDG by public transport and it took two and a half hours. If local citizens have a real say, this project won’t happen.”
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