- Municipal Council
Town of Mount Royal, November 26, 2018 – To ensure the project integrates harmoniously with the garden city that is Town of Mount Royal, Council has rejected the preliminary design of the Mont-Royal station of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM), the rapid transit system developed by the Caisse de dépôt et placements Infra (CDPQ Infra), for being poorly integrated with the Town’s architecture and the surrounding landscape.
“Town of Mount Royal’s two main decision-making bodies, the Town Council and the Planning Advisory Committee, seriously and thoroughly studied the CDPQ Infra’s proposal and were unable to support a project that doesn’t integrate with either the existing built heritage or the environment,” explains Mayor Philippe Roy.
Aware of the considerable impact the new station will have on the urban landscape, the members of the Planning Advisory Committee (CCU) studied the REM station design developed by CDPQ Infra before recommending that it be rejected by the Town councillors, who unanimously supported the recommendation.
After studying the proposal, the CCU members concluded that the plans are too schematic. Moreover, the new station would not be integrated with the existing built heritage or the environment. Furthermore, CDPQ Infra did not provide any information regarding elevations, dimensions, interior layout or finishes.
The CCU members also feel that pedestrian access to the station should be integrated into the surroundings and not separated by barriers in the form of “massive fences as shown on the drawings,” as noted in the November 19, 2018, decision.
Such a significant reconfiguration of the urban fabric should also take into account the reconstruction of the Cornwall Bridge, which is nearing the end of its useful life.
“This is a unique and historic opportunity to create a space integrated with the station, a space favouring access and supporting the REM’s success,” concludes Mayor Roy. “For the administration as for the population, it is important that this new public structure reflect and complement the unique character of our garden city’s built heritage, not dilute it.”