Phase one of the City of Montreal’s ongoing Quartier Concordia project is currently in progress, according to Concordia spokesperson Chris Mota. “They’re putting in new electrical wiring underground because new lamp posts [will be] put along that stretch,” she explained. “The next phase is going to be new paving – the only thing that isn’t clear is whether that is still going to be done this fall or only in the spring.”
The third phase is projected to be completed in the spring of 2012. It will make permanent the portion of the bike path that currently runs along de Maisonneuve Blvd. “There’s going to be a concrete divider that is going to be wide enough to have vegetation in it so it’s going to be green. There will actually be flowers or shrubs or what have you in that divider,” Mota said.
The city announced in 2008 they would invest $3 million to revitalize Norman Bethune Square, which is delimited by de Maisonneuve Blvd. and Guy St. as part of the Quartier Concordia project designed by architecture firm Groupe Cardinal Hardy. Because “it’s smack in the heart of the Quartier Concordia,” the university participated in discussions with the city regarding aspects of the project such as the extension of the lounge area in front of the GM Building, according to Mota.
The university plans to continue collaborating with the City of Montreal for the three upcoming phases of renovations.
The city first made mention of their plans to invest in the reinvigoration of the area, which is delineated by Sherbrooke St., Guy St., RenÃ©-LÃ©vesque Blvd., and Bishop St., in its 2007 budget.