Quartier Concordia will transform the Sir George Williams campus from a collection of scattered buildings into a welcoming and cohesive urban campus in the area bordered generally by Sherbrooke, Guy, René-Lévesque, and Bishop.
The goals of the Quartier Concordia project include improving the use of outdoor spaces, stimulating street life, and providing respite for the Concordia community and the public. The project will optimize vehicular and bicycle traffic as well as pedestrian flow, facilitate movement between campus buildings, and ensure the safe interaction of vehicles and pedestrians. Quartier Concordia will also maintain a welcoming environment for the Concordia community and the public, highlight landmarks, improve the use of space, promote the display of artwork and create a distinct campus environment within the downtown core.
The project will be carried out over several years by Groupe Cardinal Hardy and in conjunction with the City of Montreal, which will take the lead on this project.
The first phase of the project is underway and it began with construction of a 2-way bicycle path on the south side of de Maisonneuve that passes directly through the Quartier Concordia area. The path stretches between St-Hubert Street and Greene Avenue, linking downtown Montreal east and west. As of spring/summer 2008 there is a new setup for Norman Bethune Square and new traffic configuration for de Maisonneuve and Guy, as well as altered civic infrastructure and new outdoor furniture. Other parts of the Quartier Concordia plan will follow.
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