The Triangle area, located in Côté-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, is the site of urban transformation efforts including upgrades to infrastructure, the redesign of public spaces and the development of social housing.
The Triangle district is located in Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, east of Montréal’s former horse racetrack. It forms a triangle of approximately 40 hectares, bordered by Avenue Mountain Sights to the west, Rue de la Savane to the north and east, and the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks to the south. The Triangle project is at the centre of a major planning effort for the Namur–De la Savane district (which includes the former hippodrome).
Historically the site of automobile-related businesses, and displaying a rather “destructured” character, the Triangle site offers many possibilities for urban revitalization, due especially to its proximity to the Namur metro station. Several studies have been carried out for this purpose, including the development of an overall vision, inspired by the Transit-Oriented Development approach (TOD). In 2011, Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce held an urban design competition which led to adoption of a plan to redesign the sector. The plan was implemented from 2013 to 2018.
The project included for main components: private real estate development including social and community housing, upgrades to municipal infrastructure, redesign of public space to take into account the district’s new land uses, and the addition of green space and public facilities.
- Improve the design of public space to reduce the place occupied by cars and to facilitate pedestrian travel
- Increase vegetation in the residential neighbourhood under construction
- Ensure the repair of underground infrastructure to respond to the needs of the new residential buildings
Components and characteristics
- Real estate development: 2,250 dwelling units constructed (3,300 by 2025)
- 30 per cent social and affordable housing
- Addition of commercial space
- Creation of a new park
- Upgrades to the sewer and water lines and water-service entries in the area
- Redesign of the public right-of-way to create an environment more conducive to travel on foot
- Upgrades to municipal infrastructure: $13.6 million
- Redesign of public right-of-way: $30.9 million
- Creation of parks: $15 million