Hippodrome-Namur-De La Savane

Last updated July 18, 2022
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This area in the centre of Montréal island, primarily used for industrial and commercial purposes, offers an enormous potential for transformation. Actions are underway to create an ecological and carbon-neutral residential neighbourhood, which will also address traffic congestion problems.

A geographically central location

At the junction of Autoroute 40 and Autoroute Décarie, the area is sited in a geographically central location on the island of Montréal. Parts of it are located in the boroughs of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and Saint-Laurent, and in the cities of Mont-Royal and Côte Saint-Luc.

Identified as a priority in the Urban Plan, the area comprises several components

  • The area around Autoroute Décarie, including the Namur and De la Savane metro stations as well as retail and office activities
  • Le Triangle development project, with 4000 dwellings planned
  • The site of the former horse race track
  • The Mont-Royal industrial park, the Cité Scientifique and a portion of Saint-Laurent’s industrial park

Great potential for transformation

Current and planned initiatives are evidence of the area’s redevelopment potential:

  • Transformation of the area, which began with Le Triangle, of which more than 2,000 dwelling units have been built
  • The Mont-Royal industrial area is being repositioned for fashion and design
  • The Projet Cavendish will see the extension of Boulevard Cavendish, which will improve transportation from the west in order to make the area more accessible
  • Planned transformation of underused parcels near Autoroute Décarie, and around the Namur and De la Savane metro stations
  • The potential offered by the former race track will allow for development in keeping with the other land uses in the area

Key planning issues

  • The uses for the different parts of the Hippodrome-Namur-De La Savane area
  • Difficult mobility conditions
  • Significant roadway congestion
  • Quality of the public domain for pedestrians and cyclists, particularly with regard to access to metro stations
  • Real estate development along Autoroute Décarie
  • Obsolescent, saturated or nonexistent underground infrastructure
  • Presence of major urban heat islands
  • Need to increase vegetation


A planning effort is underway to determine how the land use planning orientations and municipal actions will be implemented to allow for project realization. This transformation is designed to provide a diversified, inclusive, greener and transit-oriented neighbourhood.

The OCPM held public consultations in 2019 and 2020, specifically on a portion of the district identified as the future Écoquartier Namur-Hippodrome. A report was published in October 2020. Learn more at the OCPM website(in French).