April 18, 2017 5:19 pm
Updated: April 18, 2017 11:14 pm

Multi-million-dollar construction project begins around Le Triangle area

WATCH: Montreal’s Côte-des-Neiges borough has announced major roadwork on streets around Le Triangle. As Global's Gloria Henriquez reports, it’s all part of a massive new development project for the neighbourhood.

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Montreal’s Côte-des-Neiges borough has announced major roadwork on streets around Le Triangle — an area south of the Metropolitan expressway and east of Decarie.

It’s a part of a massive new development project for the neighbourhood.

The work is already underway in Buchan and Paré streets where orange cones abound.

It’s only the beginning of a $38-million construction project.

“What we’re announcing today completes a major overhaul of a former industrial zone,” borough councillor for Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Marvin Rotrand.

Most of the roads around Le Triangle are being rebuilt.

De La Savane will undergo the biggest transformation.

Good news for a street that was considered one of the worst roads in the province by CAA Quebec.

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“The purpose of this is to change the entire nature of De La Savane and to have it serve a function of a residential area,” Rotrand said.

Construction will begin in June 2017.

The six-lane road will be narrowed down to four lanes.

The two others will be converted into a bike lane connecting to De La Savane metro station and green areas for pedestrians.

The area is being spruced up to accommodate the nearly 4,000 residential units that are in the plans.

Half of them have already been built.

READ MORE: Massive new housing projects coming to Côte-des-Neiges-NDG

Officials hope the project keeps people in the city.

“And a means of resolving the housing needs of families empty-nesters, seniors who don’t want to move out of Montreal but want to have a really nice place to live close to the heart of the city,” Rotrand added during a press conference.

With quick access to metro stations, people living here can easily move around and get to the downtown core in about 15 minutes. Music to the ears of Destination Centre-Ville, an organization for downtown advocates.

“It will be easy for them to come shopping to downtown or to go to the theatre,” Destination Centre-Ville’s executive director André Poulin said.

A park will also be built on the former Volvo dealership.

The borough hopes to expand it to the dealership next door, but that is still under negotiation.

The transformation is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2018.

But before residents can see any of the results, they will have to endure about a year and a half of orange cones and construction zones.

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