The Montreal Gazette reported this week that the city of Kirkland is expected to move forward with the next phase of a proposed development of new west island condos at the Merck Frosst building in Kirkland between the service road on westbound Highway 40 and Brunswick Blvd.
Find out more about this proposed condo development.
The proposed Quartier Évolution project which is being promoted by Broccolini, will feature some 800 units of condo apartments, townhouses, commercial spaces as well as a green space. The project will include six condo towers of 11 to 13 storeys, 142 townhouses and 182 stacked townhouses. From the looks of the project plans there will be an office building and commercial space closer to the service road with the condo towers, a greenspace in the center and townhouses on the Brunswick side.
Prices are expected to be from the $400,000s to $1 million for the regular condos with some in a lower 4-storey building starting at around $300,000. Stacked townhouses will start at around $380,000 and regular townhouses to start at $550,000.
With the proposed re-zoning moving forward to the next phase, citizens in the area will be able to voice their concerns and sign a petition should they oppose the zoning changes which could force the city to stop the zoning change or hold a referendum.
My feeling is that it seems like a great use for the area and bringing in new, younger buyers who can upgrade to the pricier single detached homes in the area as families grow. Also offering options for the huge population of baby-boomers in the West Island who are looking to downsize to more luxurious condos with all the amenities will prove to be a big draw.
Questions have to be asked however how it will impact the already busy service road during rush hours and the backlog of traffic that always builds up on it getting off the highway to Saint-Charles. Also I can see the townhouses on the Brunswick side selling quite well, its a great area after all with quick access to stores, services and Boul. Saint-Charles. Do boomers and younger couples and singles want to overlook the highway and the noise and pollution that comes along with it? I guess it will all come down to how the developers have planned it out to minimize those issues.
Does the West Island need more condos? Would you consider a condo off the service road in that area? Let me know what you think in the comments.
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