Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Leave Marianopolis Land Alone, Groups Say

File photo of the former site of Marianopolis College. Hearings on a plan to transform the site into 325 housing units begin Monday night. Photograph by: Allen McEachern, The Gazette

From The Montreal Gazette:

If a housing development on the southern flank of Mount Royal gets the go-ahead, it will be much harder to protect other institutionally owned green spaces on the mountain, environment and conservation groups said Monday.

Public hearings began Monday night on a $300-million project to build 325 condominium units, townhouses and single-family homes on the former Marianopolis College campus off Côte des Neiges Rd. The 6.5-hectare site, which was sold by the Sulpician priests last fall, is in the Mount Royal historic and natural district.

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