An announcement is premature for the project Mastery?

Une annonce prématurée pour le projet Maestria?

Photo: Devimco Real Estate
The construction of the real estate project Skill should begin at the end of 2019.

The 50 floors of the real estate project Mastery, which should see the light of day on the site of the old Spectrum, adhere to may be the town planning regulations of the borough of Ville-Marie, but the folder must be reviewed by the planning advisory Committee (CCU) before being approved by the City, recalled the administration of Valerie Plant on Thursday.

The office of the mayor is amazed at the marketing strategies of developers who have unveiled the details of their project without first having submitted to the borough. “It’s a stunt ad,” said Robert Beaudry, head of the economic development committee to the executive committee, while recognizing that in some areas, buildings up to 50 storeys high are allowed. “The project must go through the CCU to ensure that it meets the criteria of density and zoning, but also on its integration into its environment. It will also have tests for what is in the wind and the soundproofing. But for now, this is very preliminary. We can’t pronounce. “

“This is not abnormal that the elect are not yet informed about the project,” explains Serge Goulet, president of Devimco Immobilier. “Before a project lead on the office of the mayor or elected officials, there is a lot of work done with the officials, urban planning and permits. “

Devimco real Estate, which has produced the Quartier DIX30 and started work on the residential complex of the site of the former Montreal children’s Hospital, has partnered with the Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ and Fiera real Estate to carry out the project of Mastery, which will include 1500 residential units, of which one-third will be offered on the rental market.

According to Mr. Goulet, the project complies with the municipal regulations. “The zoning in place allows towers of 200 metres. We stopped our tours to 168 metres, ” he said.


The promoters have the Skill as a “flagship project” of 700 million, the most important thing to be done in the Quartier des spectacles. Located on the rue Sainte-Catherine street, between Bleury and Jeanne-Mance, the two buildings 51 and 53 floors have a stunning view on the Place des Festivals. The terraces are planned on the 25th floor and a glass-panelled walkway will connect the two towers.

“We wanted towers to be slender, light, and design, but not of the twin towers. One has the impression that it does not chance, ” says Serge Goulet. On the 25th floor, which marks the junction between the rental units and condominiums on the upper floors, the towers are rotated slightly to give a ” movement “, noted the sponsor.

The two buildings will contain units ranging from studios to apartments to three bedrooms of which the price will vary from $ 250,000 to $ 2 million. As for the rental units, they will cost between 1000 and $ 3000 per month. The towers will be equipped with 512 indoor parking, indoor pool semi-olympic, as well as an outdoor swimming pool with spa.

The two towers will exceed the other buildings of the area. The Complexe Desjardins is 41 floors and the hotel AC Marriott rises 37 floors.

Memories of the Spectrum

The land, situated in the heart of the entertainment District was vacant since the closure and demolition of the Spectrum, ten years ago. A mixed project of retail and office had been mentioned at the time, but it had never materialized due to the financial crisis. The Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ has finally purchased the field in 2011.

The buildings are not subject to the rules of inclusion of social and affordable housing, says Pierre Pelletier, Fiera properties. “However, we reached 15% of affordable housing units in the building. It meets the criteria of the City. “

The promoters have taken some precautions. The short-term rentals, such as those offered by platforms such as Airbnb, will be prohibited.

The construction is expected to begin by the end of 2019, for a yard of three years.

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