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Devimco Immobilier to start work this year on redevelopment of CBC tower in Montreal

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February 21, 2020 by On-Site Staff

A rendering of the new development expected to eventually house 2,000 residential units. PHOTO: Devimco Immobilier

A team of Montreal developers is moving ahead with plans to redevelop the Maison de Radio-Canada tower and surrounding parking lots into a mixed-use neighbourhood.

Mach, which is spearheading the project at Wolfe Street and René-Lévesque Boulevard, said Feb. 20 it has handed responsibility for the residential portion of the project to Devimco Immobilier. The agreement will kick-start work on the first phase of the so-called Quartier des lumières project, which is expected to eventually total some 4.5 million sq. ft. and include 2,000 condo units.

The initial phase is more modest at just 270 residential units. Known as Auguste & Louis — a hat tip to a pair of French engineers known for their work in early cinema — the project includes nine- and 14-storey buildings. Construction, the developers said, is scheduled to get underway later this year and run until 2023.

Construction on the wider development will keep local builders busy for years. The Maison de Radio-Canada tower, the longtime home the CBC, will be emptied shortly, making way for the latter stages of construction. Nearby, Broccolini is currently putting up a new facility for the broadcaster expected to open this year.