Project Montreal leader Valérie Plante has pledged to protect the views from Mount Royal if she is re-elected.
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“We are an island, there is a mountain in the middle, and there, there is a composition of buildings which are harmonious. I’m not interested in becoming a generic city, we have to protect what sets us apart, ”says Plante.
She was alongside the architect emeritus Phyllis Lambert, who gave her support for the election campaign. To explain this support, Ms. Lambert notably described Denis Coderre as “a man of the sixties”.
The two attacked the idea of building skyscrapers higher than Mount Royal.
In his book published last spring, Mr. Coderre had mentioned the idea of allowing the construction of buildings that would exceed the currently permitted height.
However, he has since reversed his position over the summer.
“What I want is density, but there will be no buildings higher than Mount Royal,” he reiterated Tuesday morning, on the sidelines of a press briefing.
The maximum height of buildings was established in 1992 when the Town’s Master Plan was adopted, which respects the views towards Mount Royal, which cannot be masked by constructions that point to more than 232 meters above sea level.