Notes from Griffintown

First tidbit:

One of the major construction projects going on in Griffintown has stopped and sent all the workers home because the company went bankrupt. I won't say which one it is but it's BIG news not reported anywhere else.

Construction stopped griffintown
(photo is only for presentation purposes)

Second bit of news:

The Ludovik boutique on the corner of De La Montagne, Ottawa and Rioux are moving out. Apparently the constant construction going on in Griffintown is keeping shoppers away and they decided to move on Notre-Dame street. With them out, will the old building survive?

St Ann condo 4

Third tidbit:

The original buyer of this corner in Griffintown is out and the owner of the buildings is waiting for other offers.

Wellington & De La Montagne

Fourth interesting tidbit:

Just a note: the ugly building on the corner of Ottawa and Shannon, now demolished and reported here at VM, used to be a Brink's holding warehouse.

Brinks shannon panoramic

Before & After: Horse Palace - Griffintown

As construction continues around the Horse Palace in Griffintown, here's a Before & After. Ridiculous!

Before & After - Horse Palace - Griffintown

Wild kittens

Stray kittens 1

When you go around and take photos of abandoned buildings it's not unusual to come across some  kittens like these two who were born from a wild stray cat. But don't worry someone knew of their existence and was taking care of them.

Stray kittens 2

Demolished apartments on Troie and Decelles - Côte-des-Neiges

Troie 1

Several two-storey apartment buildings were demolished on the corner of avenue Troie and avenue Decelles in Côte-des-Neiges.The top and last photos were taken in August 2012. The familiar corner will look different in a few months, blocking the view of the Oratoire St-Joseph with the new condo building (link).

(image above: google streetview)

Troie 2


Before & After: Place Henri-Bourassa - Ahuntsic-Cartierville

The apartment buildings around Place Henri-Bourassa street in Ahuntsic-Cartierville, bordered by  highway 15, boulevard Henri-Bourassa and boulevard l'Acadie, were demolished: the buildings were for the most part infested with bugs and rats and were considered a health hazard. Most of them were abandoned when the idea to destroy the dilapidated area was pushed forward but a few were still being rented out and people were forced out (article). Only one building, the one highlighted in red in the above overview of the area, still stands on Place Henri-Bourassa street. I guess that one was still habitable. The good thing about this massive project is that they're not condos but rentals.

Google maps didn't enter Place henri-Bourassa street with their cameras so the screengrabs from 2009 are all from Henri-Bourassa blvd or Autoroute 15.

Places HB & Acadie 1

The entrance to Place Henri-Bourassa street: photo above was taken in August and image below is how it used to look like.

(image above: google streetview)

Places HB & Acadie 2

Places HB & Acadie 3

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Places HB & Acadie 8

Places HB & Acadie 9

Places HB & Acadie 12

This is the only old apartment building still standing in Place Henri-Bourassa street. I took the photo above in August from inside Place Henri-Bourassa and below are two screengrabs of the same building from Google streetview, taken from Henri-Bourassa blvd (directly below) and from Autoroute 15 (second below).

(image above: google streetview)