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harls
Oct 9, 2008, 12:47 PM
10 floors - 120,000 sq ft.
Contractor - Brigil construction
Commerical building, Underground parking
Location - St. Joseph Boulevard and Gamelin Street, next to Columbia Farm house.
Cost : $22 Million

Expected start date - early 2009
Completion - early 2010

Rendering (courtesy Le Droit)

http://www.cyberpresse.ca/images/bizphotos/569x379/200810/07/14159.jpg

News article from Le Droit (in French):

http://www.cyberpresse.ca/le-droit/actualites-regionales/200810/06/01-27032-de-nouveaux-plans-pour-brigil.php

This was the site of the previously proposed Portrait Gallery submission that seems to have died. This new proposal looks like someone lopped off the top of 1250 René-Lévesque in Montreal.

Seems like St. Joseph Boulevard is on its way to intesification. :tup:

(thanks to Acajack for posting this originally in the Gatineau Section).

Mille Sabords
Oct 9, 2008, 1:23 PM
Offices, of course. They're lining up for one of the federal buildings. As locations go it's a good one. St-Joseph Blvd has great potential to be a busy urban avenue. There's already quite a few things there - I myself am a longtime customer of Loisir des Usagers.

harls
Feb 4, 2013, 8:48 PM
Updating this old thread. I went by this site yesterday and Brigil has a bunch of billboards up saying 'Spring 2013'.

Newest render :

http://www.brigil.com/en/emplacements/images2012/ferme_columbia_im1_en.jpg

http://www.brigil.com/en/emplacements/images2012/ferme_columbia_im3_en.jpg

Website: http://www.brigil.com/en/emplacements/ferme_columbia.asp

J.OT13
Feb 5, 2013, 1:41 AM
Another office proposal switched to condos I suppose. Nice renderings (although not offical apparently).

harls
Feb 5, 2013, 3:43 PM
I'm not sure I'd want a condo backing onto the Autoroute, but maybe there's a market for that.

harls
Nov 21, 2013, 1:48 PM
Is this project dead?

updated renders...

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5493/10978077774_ac2fb221d8_o.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3727/10978119683_e8f4496316_o.jpg

from their brochure.. (http://www.brigil.com/mag/Columbia/index.html#/0)

Acajack
Nov 21, 2013, 2:59 PM
Deux choses:

- Gatineau media reporting yesterday that the bottom has fallen out of the Gatineau housing market. Starts down 40% over a year.

- Brigil has a big condo project that might start soon near the St-Louis exit of A-50.

Boxster
Nov 21, 2013, 5:16 PM
Around 250 units on 20 floors...a lot of people. Good thing they will have 3 elevators.

I believe the type of building and location will mostly suit retired singles or couples.

harls
Feb 15, 2016, 10:40 PM
Update from Markyboy from a few days ago.

Pour ceux qui se demande quand est-ce que Brigil va démarrer sa tour du Projet Le Columbia, il semblerait que la construction serait sur le point de commencer..

http://www.info07.com/Actualites/2016-01-25/article-4414428/Le-projet-Columbia-pret-a-etre-en-chantier/1

http://www.info07.com/media/photos/unis/2016/01/25/photo_3020086/article.jpg

LaGrandeOurse
Feb 17, 2016, 5:47 PM
Apparently it is now 29 stories.

J.OT13
Feb 18, 2016, 4:49 PM
Apparently it is now 29 stories.

Not that I give a damn. St-Joseph is as good as any spot for a 29 storey tower, but if they couldn't build the 20 storey building for whatever reason (slow sales I assume), how do they think they can sell out 29 floors?

OTSkyline
Feb 18, 2016, 7:45 PM
Not bad looking, but I would've liked to see this in Hull. This is where they should keep trying to build, create a bit of housing and density in their "downtown" area... Work, Live, Play

Horus
Feb 18, 2016, 7:58 PM
Not bad looking, but I would've liked to see this in Hull. This is where they should keep trying to build, create a bit of housing and density in their "downtown" area... Work, Live, Play

Um... it is in Hull. Right beside Galeries de Hull mall.

Acajack
Feb 18, 2016, 8:05 PM
True that it is in Hull. But it's not in downtown Hull (Vieux-Hull) unfortunately. Vieux-Hull could have used the shot in the arm. The area around Les Galeries is actually doing quite OK.

J.OT13
Feb 18, 2016, 9:12 PM
Of course we want more buildings on the Island, but that area is number 2 on my list for development for several reasons;

- It has a bit of a downtown/main street feel as is;
- We have a few tall buildings in the area already (Place Vincent Massey across Les Galeries de Hull, Federal Buildings on boulevard de la Carrière, Hilton Hotel at the Casino);
- Near the Rapibus.

If they were to build something like this in Le Plateau, that would be a waste.

Aylmer
Feb 18, 2016, 10:45 PM
Ouf, it isn't really near the Rapibus... The actual walking distance is almost 1km past the dead wall of the Galeries, through a parking lot and along windswept Montclair. It would be interesting, however, if the City were to permit the additional storeys in exchange for a new pedestrian bridge over the Autoroute 5 - it would cut the distance to the Rapibus almost in half.

Horus
Feb 19, 2016, 2:43 PM
Ouf, it isn't really near the Rapibus... The actual walking distance is almost 1km past the dead wall of the Galeries, through a parking lot and along windswept Montclair. It would be interesting, however, if the City were to permit the additional storeys in exchange for a new pedestrian bridge over the Autoroute 5 - it would cut the distance to the Rapibus almost in half.

I agree on the pedestrian overpass - that would be a good addition, but the overall distance to the Rapibus is not quite as far as you mentioned. It's only about 500m or so if you walked through the Galeries parking (some of which is under the elevated parking structure) and cross the A-5 on the bridge connecting Les Galeries with Canadian Tire. The "Les Galeries" Rapibus stop is there.

That said, a pedestrian overpass between the Ferme Columbia site and the St-Laurent complex would significantly improve access between the Rapibus and St-Joseph

Boxster
Feb 19, 2016, 5:22 PM
I don't think a pedestrian bridge will ever happen in Gatineau.

I am not crazy about the location. Its squeezed in between 2 parking lots (Galeries de Hull & Place Fleurs de Lys), highway 5 behind and the old Ferme Colombia in front with yet another parking for Place Cartier in addition to a very very busy intersection.

Not one single amount of green space around for kilometers.

:(

LaGrandeOurse
Feb 19, 2016, 11:27 PM
There was supposed to be another project nearby, but I don't know what happened to it. It was supposed to be on St-Joseph between Les Galeries and maxi.
http://img11.hostingpics.net/pics/199341MontclairStjoseph.jpg

LaGrandeOurse
Feb 19, 2016, 11:57 PM
I don't think a pedestrian bridge will ever happen in Gatineau.
I hope this is false

I am not crazy about the location. Its squeezed in between 2 parking lots (Galeries de Hull & Place Fleurs de Lys), highway 5 behind and the old Ferme Colombia in front with yet another parking for Place Cartier in addition to a very very busy intersection.
Agreed but still top tier location for Gatineau

Not one single amount of green space around for kilometers.
Lemay lake not too far away.

Horus
Feb 20, 2016, 7:22 PM
There was supposed to be another project nearby, but I don't know what happened to it. It was supposed to be on St-Joseph between Les Galeries and maxi.
http://img11.hostingpics.net/pics/199341MontclairStjoseph.jpg

That property could definitely use something to be built on it. I'm very surprised that that lot has been vacant for so long

Acajack
Feb 21, 2016, 7:57 PM
Lemay lake not too far away.

It's also barely 2 km away from Gatineau Park, Lac des Fées, etc.

So let's not exaggerate.

Boxster
Feb 22, 2016, 4:31 PM
There was supposed to be another project nearby, but I don't know what happened to it. It was supposed to be on St-Joseph between Les Galeries and maxi.
http://img11.hostingpics.net/pics/199341MontclairStjoseph.jpg

This is a huge empty corner lot still up for sale.

Boxster
Feb 22, 2016, 4:33 PM
It's also barely 2 km away from Gatineau Park, Lac des Fées, etc.

So let's not exaggerate.

Of course you can drive there. Guess we don't have the same definition of close by. :)

Boxster
Feb 22, 2016, 4:40 PM
I hope this is false

Me too but I am realistic. It won't happen.

Agreed but still top tier location for Gatineau

Are you saying that this is a good location because we are in Gatineau

Lemay lake not too far away

Still not close by...makes for long walk that would not be enjoyable given streets taken to get there
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Acajack
Feb 22, 2016, 6:01 PM
Me too but I am realistic. It won't happen.



Are you saying that this is a good location because we are in Gatineau



Still not close by...makes for long walk that would not be enjoyable given streets taken to get there
.[/QUOTE]

There is also Parc Laurent-Groulx which is just down the street (probably a five minute walk max) along Gamelin from there.

Look, I am not here to make excuses for Gatineau which has many urbanistic shortcomings, but to say there is not a single patch of green space for several kilometres "à la ronde", which is basically what you said... well, that's simply not true.

Lack of greenspace is not really a significant problem anywhere in Gatineau.

This city's problems are of a different nature.

The location of Le Columbia is no more lacking in greenspace and recreational access than 90% of urban Ottawa probably.

LaGrandeOurse
Feb 22, 2016, 6:42 PM
Are you saying that this is a good location because we are in Gatineau
.[/QUOTE]
Exactly, what makes something good or bad is relative to the set.

Boxster
Feb 22, 2016, 8:27 PM
There is also Parc Laurent-Groulx which is just down the street (probably a five minute walk max) along Gamelin from there.

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You are right. Never thought of the old experimental farm.

Acajack
Feb 22, 2016, 8:39 PM
There is also Parc Laurent-Groulx which is just down the street (probably a five minute walk max) along Gamelin from there.



You are right. Never thought of the old experimental farm.[/QUOTE]

There's a historic house in the middle of it: Scott-Fairview. Never been there but I know it's there. Dates back to the 1800s.

Boxster
Feb 22, 2016, 9:06 PM
You are right. Never thought of the old experimental farm.

There's a historic house in the middle of it: Scott-Fairview. Never been there but I know it's there. Dates back to the 1800s.[/QUOTE]

Googled - Maison Scott-Fairview Museum...not sure if the museum is still open?

:)

Acajack
Feb 22, 2016, 9:27 PM
There's a historic house in the middle of it: Scott-Fairview. Never been there but I know it's there. Dates back to the 1800s.

Googled - Maison Scott-Fairview Museum...not sure if the museum is still open?

:)[/QUOTE]

I don't believe so, though it is used for receptions, events, etc.

Every once in a while in LeDroit there is an article about its "future"...

harls
Feb 24, 2016, 9:24 PM
RE: The lot at St-Joseph and Montclair - The proprietors must be wrangled up in a heap-load of bullshit. Can you imagine the views of Parliament Hill from that place, even from a lower floor? A lot of people would pay through the nose to be able to sit and eat dinner and see what is arguably the most amazing view of Ottawa.

Horus
Feb 25, 2016, 2:00 PM
RE: The lot at St-Joseph and Montclair - The proprietors must be wrangled up in a heap-load of bullshit. Can you imagine the views of Parliament Hill from that place, even from a lower floor? A lot of people would pay through the nose to be able to sit and eat dinner and see what is arguably the most amazing view of Ottawa.

Agreed. The view from that location is outstanding, plus the fact that it is bounded by a shopping mall, pharmacy and large grocery store, as well as numerous restaurants/cafes/boutiques/banks/etc, it is incredible that the lot has been vacant for so long. Not to mention that it's an easy stroll to Rapibus and Lac Leamy and/or the MUP along Ruisseau de la Brasserie.

Boxster
Feb 25, 2016, 4:55 PM
RE: The lot at St-Joseph and Montclair - The proprietors must be wrangled up in a heap-load of bullshit. Can you imagine the views of Parliament Hill from that place, even from a lower floor? A lot of people would pay through the nose to be able to sit and eat dinner and see what is arguably the most amazing view of Ottawa.

I would argue that the best view of Ottawa is from the condos on Laurier St.

harls
Mar 11, 2016, 1:44 AM
I would argue that the best view of Ottawa is from the condos on Laurier St.

Yeah, Le VIU is nice. we know ;)

Boxster
Mar 11, 2016, 4:55 PM
yeah, le viu is nice. We know ;)

:d