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Old Posted Feb 19, 2009, 3:36 AM
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MONTREAL | Le Seville | 7, 11, 11, 20 FLOORS | T/O

Very good news

Seville Theatre project green-lighted


By Jan Ravensbergen, Montreal GazetteFebruary 18, 2009 7:01 PM



The block of the old Seville Theatre, October 4, 2007.
Photograph by: John Kenney, Montreal GazetteMONTREAL – A $100-million real-estate project along the rundown block occupied by the Seville Theatre received a green light Wednesday from Montreal’s executive committee, The Gazette has learned.

The long-awaited project is expected to help revive the hardscrabble western strip of the city’s downtown, near the former Montreal Forum of Canadiens hockey lore.

The complex is to be called Résidences Séville.

It would provide 1,155 student-housing units in towers of seven, 10 and 25 storeys.

The project would occupy the long-empty northern flank of Ste. Catherine St. W., between Chomedey and Lambert-Clossé Sts.

According to sources, the executive committee has formally recommended that city council approve construction.

At street level, the development would also feature retail, community, recreational and office space.

That northern stretch of Montreal’s core shopping street consists of boarded-up storefronts, grafitti and the deteriorating facade of the Seville, which is protected by a heritage designation.

The Ville Marie borough council approved the redevelopment plans last spring.

“We've made it clear we want to revitalize that part of Ste. Catherine St. and we can't start with an eyesore in the middle of the neighbourhood,” Karim Boulos, a city councillor, said at the time.

“I would hope that the project would be finished by August of 2009 or 2010,” he said then.

Boulos was not immediately available for an updated estimate.

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L'ancien cinéma Séville ne pourra jamais être remplacé, mais c'est un soulagement de voir qu'enfin il se passe quelque chose sur ce terrain. Le dernier film au Séville remonte aux années 1980, je crois.

     
     
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This stretch of Ste-Catherine street is a national disgrace. Not only is is an ugly piece of urbanity but also an ugly slice of humanity, or whatever you call the people "live" there.


That being said, this is good news!
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MONTREAL | Le Seville | 7, 11, 11, 20 FLOORS

A much needed project in a part of Downtown that has been going down the proverbial toilet since the Montreal Forum (arena) closed down more than a decade ago.


These rendering are preliminary, but the project is very serious and backed by some of Canada's most noted urbanists.

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Looks like a good project. Go Montreal
     
     
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You could turn that land into a giant open toilet and it would still be better than it is right now.

Though haven't been inside that burnt-out piece of shit. It might actually just be a crowd of people defecating themselves.
     
     
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You could turn that land into a giant open toilet and it would still be better than it is right now.

Though haven't been inside that burnt-out piece of shit. It might actually just be a crowd of people defecating themselves.
WOW MAN YOU GOT PROBLEMS.
     
     
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perhaps, but the man makes a good point. What is there currently is horrible.
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I remember the area around Atwater Metro being kinda dumpy...full of homeless and pigeons.
     
     
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Rather ugly, but a thousand (million?) times prettier than the open-air toilet that is the Seville. Since the original forum closed, the region has gone downhill with amazing rapidity and with bottomless decrepitude. Without a doubt, the shittiest part of downtown Montreal.
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^here is the Seville about 15 years ago.


Here is that pile of shit today:

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^here is the Seville about 15 years ago.
Wow, the place was already run-down 30 years back.
     
     
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Seville project is a go

I guess it took Phyllis Lambert to talk some sense into Stephen Bronfman




'Joan of Architecture' to the rescue

Phyllis Lambert lives in Old Montreal but has worked for years in an effort to revitalize Shaughnessy Village

BY LINDA GYULAI, THE GAZETTEAPRIL 2, 2010 7:35 AM


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Phyllis Lambert in the Canadian Centre for Architecture: She assembled more than 20 local stakeholders to create a roundtable to sort out the future of Shaughnessy Village.
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There are rumblings of change in Shaughnessy Village, and architect Phyllis Lambert, the neighbourhood's most famous guardian, couldn't be happier.

The company that owns the abandoned Seville Theatre at Ste. Catherine and Chomedey Sts. is close to announcing the start of work to redevelop a block that has been like a canker for the neighbourhood for more than two decades, The Gazette has learned.

Claridge Properties Ltd. re-surfaced about a week ago to jump-start discussions with the Ville Marie borough, which includes Shaughnessy Village, on its project to build student residences, borough spokesperson Jacques-Alain Lavallée said.

An announcement is expected in a couple of weeks.


The company, owned by Stephen Bronfman, grandson of Seagram's founder Samuel Bronfman, has found a partner to construct the project, Lavallée added.

The borough hadn't heard from Claridge since Montreal city council approved the $100-million project last year.

The firm did not return The Gazette's calls.

If anyone could be credited with lighting a fire under the developer, it may be Lambert, Bronfman's aunt and the saviour of the century-old mansion on René Lévesque Blvd. between St. Marc and Fort Sts. that gave the neighbourhood its name.

Though she lives in Old Montreal, Lambert has been an instigator in Shaughnessy Village for years in an effort to revitalize a neighbourhood that she considers the city's greatest area of heritage after Old Montreal.

In 1974, she bought the Shaughnessy mansion to save it from the wrecker's ball. Today, it forms part of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, founded by Lambert.

"This is clearly one of the great areas of the city," Lambert said this week.

"It could be an absolutely magnificent place."

Shaughnessy Village is one of the few residential downtown neighbourhoods in North America, but it was hammered by the city's economic downturn in the 1980s and '90s and by "the bloody Seville," as Lambert put it.

She sees the development of the Seville block as the catalyst to revitalize an area that's a mix of rundown buildings, 1970s architectural "junk," as she calls it, and lovingly renovated Victorian homes.

Nicknamed Joan of Architecture, Lambert has a long history of saving heritage.

In 2005, frustrated by the city's long neglect of Shaughnessy Village, she assembled more than 20 local stakeholders, including commercial and institutional property owners, businesses and the Shaughnessy Village Association, to form a roundtable to sort out the area's future.

The members raised $30,000 to hire the non-profit group Convercité in 2006 to assess the area's strengths and problems and propose a development plan. The group submitted the plan to the borough, urging it to design a neighbourhood urban plan, given that the area was ignored in the city's 2004 master plan.

The roundtable then raised money in 2008 to hold a design charrette, which draws together architects to draft a solution to a design problem, for Cabot Square. The drawings of three firms were posted in the Pepsi Forum to elicit public feedback, which was integrated into a report the roundtable gave the city.

A common theme was to draw more green through the neighbourhood, which sits at the foot of the mountain and houses the estates of the Sulpician Fathers on Sherbrooke St., the Grey Nuns on René Lévesque and the CCA.

Ste. Catherine needs shops that will attract people from across the city, sidewalk cafés and trees, Lambert said. And the area needs social housing, high-end homes and student residences, she said. The area's itinerants, and the community organizations that serve them, have a place here as well, she said.

The roundtable's efforts appear to be paying off.

Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay, who is also mayor of the borough, plans to unveil an urban plan for the neighbourhood, as well as an urban plan for eastern downtown, in a few weeks, his spokesperson Darren Becker said yesterday

Still, Lambert is critical of Tremblay on the planning front. His administration has ignored opposition to some city projects and it's late in revising the master plan. City hall is fixated on big-ticket projects, she said.

"There's a lack of vision," she said, "there's a lack of guts ... a lack of excitement."

So the roundtable acts as a substitute for the city, where developers like her nephew discuss their plans and accept criticism from Lambert.

Bronfman told his aunt a couple of weeks that the Seville project will go ahead.

"And I was thrilled because it's so central," Lambert said.

"I see my role as trying to organize it. I initiated that effort of putting everybody together. What could I do more at this point?"

To view the designs and report on the charrette held for Cabot Square, go to convercite.org/article.php?id=1204749487〈_id=fr

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THE PROBLEM WITH THE VILLAGE

Hear Phyllis Lambert express her frustration with the long-standing neglect of Shaughnessy Village in a video by Phil Carpenter of The Gazette, at montrealgazette.com/videos

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About farcking time. That pile of shit has been vacant for 25 years!!! I remember seeing the Empire Strikes Back at the Seville, back in 1980.
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THis is excellent news. About time! Now let's hope its a nice tall one!
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The latest news on the project

$100M development to put Seville back on the block

Deal includes condos, shops but no student housing

More Images » The tarnished stretch of Ste. Catherine St. including the old Seville Theatre is to become home to Le Séville, a proposed complex of stores and condos.Photograph by: MARIE-FRANCE COALLIER, THE GAZETTE, The GazetteMONTREAL -- After years of serving as a downtown eyesore, the block including the storied former Seville Theatre gets a major shot in the arm Monday with the expected announcement of a plan worth more than $100 million to build condos and storefronts on the strip.

Two Montreal companies, the Claridge investment firm and the real estate developer Prével, are partners in the plan to build Le Séville, as the development on the north side of Ste. Catherine St. W. between Chomedey and Lambert Closse Sts. will be called.

Le Séville will include a 20-storey tower on the west corner connected to an 11-storey building on the east corner and one rising seven storeys in the rear, Jacques Vincent, co-president of Prével, told The Gazette.

They will include about 350 to 450 condos, and stores at street level. Construction is to begin this fall, and the first move-ins by tenants are planned for the spring of 2012.

Unlike previous proposals with Concordia University as a possible participant, this plan, to be designed by the Cardinal Hardy architectural firm, does not include student housing, Vincent added.

"The economic crisis made that unfeasible," he said.

Instead, "it will be all condos."

The preliminary plan is to build at least one-third of the units to sell at what is considered an affordable rate for condos - under $200,000.

"There very well might be students whose parents can buy units for them," Vincent said. "Other people may buy units and rent them out."

Roger Peace, president of the Shaughnessy Village Association, a residents' group in the area, was pleased there won't be student housing.

"We prefer condos," Peace said. "Students are transient. These condos will be for middle-class families. That will bring stability."

And not a bit too soon, Peace said.

Right now, the block just east of the Pepsi Forum, Alexis Nihon Plaza and the Montreal Children's Hospital attracts vagrants, and some people are afraid to walk on the block, Peace said.

Along with adding a solid new project on that section of Ste. Catherine St., Peace said it might be time to consider relocating Chez Doris, a homeless women's day centre located steps away on Chomedey St.

"That place closes at 4 p.m. and the men wait for some of the ladies. Some prostitute them out, get drunk and start yelling. It's really rough."

In the 26 years since the Seville Theatre closed, there have been many promises for the block, including restoring the theatre as a glorious stage and building a hotel. But this time it's for real, Vincent said.

"We just say 'look at our track record.'

"We have 30 years of experience, including building some projects that were not in an easy environment."

Prével's projects include converting a former cigarette factory, the Imperial Tobacco building in St. Henri, into a 725-unit condo building. Only six or seven units remain unsold, he said. Another Prével project is the Lowney condo complex on the site of a former chocolate factory in Griffintown. That project is not yet completed.

"We know how to build affordable, accessible housing," Vincent said.

Le Séville "will conform to all current zoning by-laws," Vincent stated, and to recommendations by the city's public consultations office, which approved a 20-storey height limit in a plan by Claridge for the site last year that was mainly for student housing.

Vincent said all that is left is to submit a final design to obtain the demolition and building permits from the Ville Marie borough.

Ville Marie borough spokesperson Anne-Sophie Harrois confirmed yesterday the borough has been in talks about the Seville block. While the borough is keen to proceed with a development project, Harrois could not say if it will object to any aspect of the newest proposal.

Although they plan to demolish what's left of the Seville, Vincent said Claridge and Prével must present a plan for how to preserve some essence of the theatre, designated by the city as a historic building in 1990.

That could include rebuilding part of the facade in the new buildings or simply including photographs of the old Seville; this hasn't been decided, Vincent stressed.

Dinu Bumbaru, policy director of Heritage Montreal, an architectural preservation group that pushed for the 1990 designation, was generally positive about the news, but said there is not much left of the Seville that is worth saving.

"That's the greatest disappointment in this story," Bumbaru said.

"We wanted the Seville to be protected, but that didn't happen. (In 1990) the interior was all there. But over the years a trap door opened in the ceiling and the snow started falling in.

"The building became an orphan."

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