Imagine sharing the same home address as the Canadiens. Well, not the players themselves, but their home ice; the complex where countless memories and achievements have been made in sporting history. The Bell Centre, a Montreal landmark, is about to become known for more than hockey, concerts and shows. It’s about to become home to hundreds with the construction of a new residential condo development: the Tour des Canadiens, which will be directly adjacent to the Bell Centre. The development is being handled by a consortium including Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd., Canderel, the Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ and the Canadiens.
The 48-storey building, designed by architects Cardinal Hardy and Martin Marcotte/ Beinhaker, will be at Centennial Place, at the corner of de la Montagne St. and des Canadiens Ave., in the heart of downtown Montreal. The tower’s unique design will reflect the topography of its location. Straddling the natural ridge between the mountain and the river, the Tour will become Montreal’s tallest residential building and an unmistakable visual landmark. The Tour des Canadiens will also be the only residential building to offer direct covered access to Montreal’s largest intermodal transit hub and downtown’s sprawling underground city.
To learn more about this new, unique project, The Gazette caught up with Daniel Peritz, senior vice-president, Montreal and Ottawa, for Canderel.
Construction: Work on the sales office started recently and construction on the development itself is anticipated to break ground next summer with delivery about two-and-a-half years later. The singlephase project will have 520 units, ranging in size from just under 500 to more than 2,000 square feet. The condos will be priced starting around $250,000.
The building: The development features an impressive amenities package, including an exercise room, two large outdoor terraces, a rain room and a large common entertainment area. In addition, there is a series of party rooms that can be combined to accommodate up to 200 people.
The building will also feature a worldclass sports bar, no surprise given its location. But the most unique feature of the project is its association with the Canadiens: Owners in the building will benefit from a wide array of special privileges offered by the Canadiens and Bell Centre.
The units: Provided the building’s location, it’s a given that the vast majority of condos offer stunning, unobstructed views of the city. The units have ceilings at least nine feet high, European kitchen design and floor-to-ceiling windows. The suite design is very efficient, using an open concept that maximizes square footage.
Owners also have a wide array of modern finishes to choose from, including engineered wood flooring, custom-designed bathroom vanities and a European appliance package that will be unique to this project. All of these finishings will be featured in the model suite in the project’s sales office. the model suite in the project’s sales office. Location, location, location: The project is attached by covered walkway to a mass transit hub that includes direct access to commuter trains, the métro and regional bus lines. It is located in the heart of the city, within short walking distance to Montreal’s best dining, shopping and cultural attractions. It is also exceptionally well located for those who want to live and work in Montreal’s downtown core. The project offers such a wide variety of what is “best about Montreal,” and as such it appeals to a broad spectrum of purchasers.
Ownership group: The project’s ownership group is nothing short of impressive. The Club de hockey Canadien obviously needs no introduction. Cadillac Fairview is one of the most prominent building owners and developers in Canada. Among its other properties, the company owns four of the most prominent regional shopping centres in Montreal. The Fonds immobilier FTQ is the real estate arm of one of Quebec’s leading pension funds. Canderel is a Montrealbased owner/developer with over 35 years of experience, and is behind some of Canada’s most impressive residential developments, including Toronto’s Aura, the tallest residential building in the country standing at 78 storeys.
For more details, visit www.tourdescanadiens.com
By Megan Martin·October 5, 2012