The Montreal Alouettes are pleased with the revised bylaw on the Percival Molson Stadium expansion project. The organization has been working for the past several weeks on developing long-term solutions to the concerns expressed by the Office de consultation publique de Montréal and residents of the Milton Park area.
The first meeting of the advisory committee, created to monitor the work and made up of neighbourhood residents and representatives of McGill University, the City of Montreal, local police forces and the Montreal Alouettes, reinforced the organization’s optimism about the possibility of finding solutions that will meet the expectations of everyone concerned.
“We are ready to work quickly to make the changes to our project stipulated by the new bylaw,? said Montreal Alouettes President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Smith. “As we previously pledged we would do, we played an active role in the development of some of these measures and we are very happy to continue the open and positive dialogue we have been having with neighbourhood residents as a result of the creation of this advisory committee.?
Following this first meeting, Montreal Alouettes management asked the City of Montreal to install a physical barrier, such as an earth median, along the centre of Pine Avenue from Park Avenue to University Street to prevent spectators from crossing the street on game nights. This solution, impossible to implement safely at the present time because of the overly large flow of fans converging on the stadium’s Pine Avenue entrance, will be achievable with the move of the main entrance to Park Avenue. The addition of a physical barrier will then minimize spectators’ movement through residential streets surrounding the stadium, directing them instead toward the area’s major roadways.
Also in line with recommendations by the Office de consultation publique and neighbourhood residents, the Alouettes will plant more trees over a much larger wooded area, raising the ratio of trees replaced to 2.5 from 2, as required by the bylaw. And the organization will plant 500 new shrubs as well.
“In addition to implementing these new measures, we will be lowering the video board and concealing it with greenery in order to maintain the quality of the landscape year-round,? Mr. Smith concluded. “It is because we are very attached to this neighbourhood and to Mount Royal that the Montreal Alouettes are making every effort to ensure that the Percival Molson Stadium expansion is done in an environmentally respectful way.?
All documents submitted by the Montreal Alouettes are available on the Office de consultation publique de Montréal website at: www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/ldvdm/jsp/ocpm/ocpm.jsp.