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News » Canada » Construction starts for $900m Montreal development » published 30 Nov 2017

Construction starts for $900m Montreal development

Construction is now under way of District Union, a CA$900m residential development in Montreal’s Terrebonne suburb.

REZ Real Estate said that its District Union project is inspired by five principles: generational mix, community living, proximity, living well and time. “These principles are all the more relevant today, when successfully negotiating the multidimensionality of family life and the constant race-against-the-clock depends on better urban planning, modern design and the latest technology,” said the company.

District Union will offer a variety of ‘smart home’ features such as the ‘internet of things’, energy management and smart lighting as well as connected multimedia intercoms. A mobile application will also enable knowledge sharing and facilitate neighbours helping neighbours.

“This major investment by REZ Real Estate, a new division of Réseau Sélection, is taking shape in an area in full economic expansion, a focal point with connections to all major centres in Quebec and beyond," said Réal Bouclin, president and CEO of Réseau Sélection.

Over two million people live within 30 minutes of the site. District Union is designed to be a neighbourhood with everything the residents might need close to hand.

The housing units are designed to be adaptable to the specific needs of millennials, families, empty-nest baby boomers and active retirees.

Kubica will feature six types of units to suit different types of households. It will be composed of modular, segmented blocks to create private indoor and outdoor living spaces, but which will also be integrated into shared community spaces.

Quartier Sélect is destined for "empty nesters”.

Yimby (yes-in-my-backyard), intended for young adults and will be composed of compact, modular, ‘smart spaces’, including common areas to promote social interaction, such as a lounge area, a collaborative kitchen and co-working areas.

District Union will be planned to promote diversity and intergenerational mixing by designing private living spaces that respect the residents' individuality in tandem with multi-use public spaces shaped by the community and organized around common interests.

The project also provides for outdoor spaces. District Union will be bounded by a wooded area to insulate the development from the nearby highway infrastructure. A "green" avenue will link the two extremities – the woods bordering Highway 640 to the north and, to the south, the Ruisseau de Feu park. There will be parks, pedestrian paths, wooded areas, bike paths and cross-country ski trails.

Sustainable design principles will also be applied through the use of green roofs, ecological water management and the reduction of heat islands. "The project is designed to encourage physical activity and promote the use of active modes of transportation,” said Herbert Nunes, vice president of real estate development in Québec for Réseau Sélection and REZ Real Estate.  

 

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This article was published on 30 Nov 2017 (last updated on 7 Dec 2017).

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