WMA’s brief to the Office de consultation publique de Montréal

The WMA submitted the following brief to the Office de consultation publique de Montréal to voice our concerns about the redevelopment of the former Montreal Children’s Hospital.

Westmount
Thursday March 23, 2017

On behalf of the Westmount Municipal Association (Canada’s oldest such organization, founded in 1908), we’d like to register our concerns about the proposed redevelopment of the former Children’s Hospital.

Our association, which represents the residents of Westmount, is concerned about the impacts this development will have on our community, its liveability and the provision of services, including those provided to the residents of Montréal. Particularly of concern is the increased burden this development will have on the already strained healthcare system as well as on the overstretched school system. St Léon’s school, situated in Westmount, is already beyond capacity. The inevitable increase in traffic will only make the current bad situation worse.

We are further concerned about the scale of the development, which is out of proportion to its location and represents a vast increase in density compared to the existing buildings. Provision of green space is already a concern in this part of Westmount and the proposed development does nothing to ameliorate this issue.

Environmental sustainability as well as the provision of social and affordable housing appears to be lacking in this project. Our association fully supports Mayor Peter Trent’s call for this project to be scaled down.

Mayor Peter Trent’s submission can be seen in this document: The Former Montreal Children’s Hospital Project: Underplanning and Overbuilding and our brief is available as as PDF: ChildrensHospitalBrief

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