Living for the city: Innovative developments in Montreal unite transportation and residential spaces.

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Author: Salima Jaafari
Date: May-June 2021
From: Journal of Property Management(Vol. 86, Issue 3)
Publisher: Institute of Real Estate Management
Document Type: Article
Length: 1,088 words
Lexile Measure: 1490L

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Over the past 25 years, there have been major changes in the way that residents of Montreal choose to live and work. The most recent census, in 2016, showed that the number of people commuting within Montreal's city core fell by 47.4% between 1996 and 2016 but that traditional commutes (from the suburbs into the city core) and reverse commutes (from the city core outward) grew by 47.3% and 48.8%, respectively.

Increasing numbers of Montreal residents are opting to live separately from where they work. Real estate developments have followed these trends and sought to provide residents with increased flexibility, particularly when it comes to transportation.

Transit-oriented development

A new market trend called transit-oriented development (TOD) aims to create sustainable housing communities with a unique lifestyle centered around access to public transportation, a variety of residential options, offices, and shops.

Devimco, a major real estate developer in the province of Quebec, is currently working on Solar Uniquartier, a major TOD project that leverages Devimco's experience in the area developing communities woven into transportation systems.

One example is District Griffin, which is located in the trendy downtown neighborhood of Grifftintown. While not technically a TOD project by itself, it is one of Devimco's developments that united a large number of services, parks, and transportation options. At the same time, Devimco created Dix30, a commercial project in Montreal's suburban South Shore with 200 shops, a cinema, a hotel, and a spa.

Solar Uniquartier launched in 2016 and seeks to take the retail offerings of Dix30 in the suburbs and pair them with residential and office buildings to create a walkable community with links to...

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