In line with its commitment to facilitate the temporary or transient occupation of certain public spaces in order to stimulate local commercial, cultural and community activities, the City of Montréal is proud to announce a partnership with the Société de développement commercial (SDC) Wellington. This agreement will take the form of a five-month loan of the two upper levels of the Ethel multi-storey parking lot in the borough of Verdun, to allow for the holding of one-time events. Montreal has also committed to investing more than $4 million by the end of 2023 to repair the structure of the Ethel parking lot and bring it up to standard so that this municipal building can be fully exploited.
"This innovative project is exactly in line with our vision of a city that is centered on a rich, quality neighborhood life that offers local activities to attract families and foster economic development that contributes to a green, resilient and inclusive recovery. It is also a great example of what we can do to help reduce heat islands," said Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante.
For several years, the upper levels 8 and 9 of this facility have not been used for parking. They offer a breathtaking view and remain a prime location for cultural and festive activities in an area where vacant lots are scarce. The SDC Wellington proposes to enliven these levels and to organize events for the population, while actively participating in the social, economic and cultural life of the borough, in accordance with the Policy on Eco-responsible Events.
"The Ethel Parking Esplanade is the sum of the dreams of many individuals who have been working for several years to create a public space that is inclusive, collaborative and simply extraordinary," said Billy Walsh, Executive Director of the SDC Wellington.
This project meets the priority of the Montréal 2030 strategic plan to provide all Montrealers with safe, quality living environments and a local response to their needs, notably by increasing the attractiveness, prosperity and influence of the city. It is also in line with the desire to develop commercial arteries, neighbourhoods and a downtown area that are attractive and enhance the quality of life.