Image: The Master Plan (vs02) | Pointe-Saint-Charles (le Sud-Ouest), Montreal | Photo 2013 |
About the Image: 3D model by developers of planned construction of two six-story towers on the Lachine Canal behind the Atwater Market at rue St. Patrick | Ponte-Saint-Charles (Le Sud-Ouest), Montreal.
AR Intervention Geo Co-ordinates of Image: latitude: 45.477260 | longitude: -73.575120
AR Intervention Site: The Devrino Group‘s condo development at the Lachine Canal called Walter Sur Atwater (2985 Saint-Patrick St).
About the Developer: Part of The Devrino Group’s pitch on their site states that: “Imagine an ultra-design lobby walled in glass, a landscaped rooftop terrace with swimming pool and panoramic views, a state-of-the-art fitness room, and a WiFi reception and lounge area on the ground floor… everything you need to embellish your life here.“
Sorry guys I can’t. All I can imagine is a towering structure of bricks and mortar overshadowing a prime public space and blocking the southern view of Point-Saint-Charles. Of course if you guys want to make your “swimming pool and panoramic views, a state-of-the-art fitness room, and a WiFi reception and lounge area” open to the public, then maybe you would be contributing something back to the community.
The Master Plan (02) | Ponte-Saint-Charles (Le Sud-Ouest), Montreal | 2013 |
About the Location: At its zenith from 1880 to 1940, the industrial and manufacturing area adjacent to the canal was once the largest in Canada in terms of both the number of firms and diversity of its output. At one time, over 20% of the workforce of the Island of Montreal was employed in its factories. Given its historic importance, the “Lachine Canal Manufacturing Complex” was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1996, in addition to the designation already enjoyed by the canal itself.
Over the last two decades, the canal has seen a large increase in residential and commercial development. In what was originally a very heavy industrial neighbourhood, Pointe-Saint-Charles and Saint-Henri have become very up and coming districts. House values have skyrocketed and many real estate developers have turned the century old industrial factories and warehouses, like that of Dominion Textiles (5524 Saint-Patrick, now Complexe Dompark) & Simmons Bedding Company (4710 St-Ambroise, now Complexe Canal Lachine) into prestigious loft buildings. Complexe Dompark recently celebrated its 100th anniversary and now houses more than 90 multimedia, fashion, publishing, and service industry-based companies in custom designed lofts. The area around the Atwater Market has become one of Montreal’s most desirable residential areas for condo owners. Much of this is thanks to the continued effort to clean up the Canal.