The Cradle of Canadian Industrialization Undergoing Transformation
Lachine-Est is a vast territory of 63.8 hectares under development. This former industrial centre is bordered by the Lachine Canal on its southern side, 6e Avenue to the west, rue Victoria to the north and the Canadian Pacific railway line to the east. Since January 2017, this sector has been linked to the downtown area by a commuter train. The first housing development project here is at the site of the former Jenkins plant, which will welcome its first residents in 2019. In order to prepare for the transformation of the entire Lachine-Est territory, major infrastructure work will have to be undertaken. The redevelopment of this sector will continue over the next twenty years or so and could eventually become home to 4,800 new families.
Lachine residents at the heart of the development
A consultation mandate on the urban redevelopment of the Lachine-Est sector was granted to the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM) by Ville de Montréal's Executive Committee in October 2018. This consultation will give residents an opportunity to voice their opinions on the commercial and residential development of this territory, which is at the very core of the Borough's history. Greening, bicycle and pedestrian links, the enhancement of industrial heritage, the development of parks, the availability of local shops and services, and public transit will be among the issues to be addressed in the OCPM's consultation. This public consultation will be followed by other steps that will give residents a chance to express their views on the overall vision.
In the past, Lachine residents have shown their interest in the redevelopment of this sector by organizing community initiatives (such as the creation of Imagine Lachine-Est) and by participating in large numbers in the residents' forum on the development of Lachine-Est, organized by the Borough in May 2018.
A rich industrial past
The Lachine-Est sector was involved in the industrial growth surrounding the Lachine Canal. Many manufacturing companies settled there at the end of the 19th century, creating economic opportunities for the entire region—for example, Dominion Bridge, a manufacturing plant specializing in iron and steel work. Among its achievements were the Mercier and Jacques-Cartier bridges. The opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959 and then the closure of the Lachine Canal in 1970 were key factors in the gradual relocation of most companies in the sector, which then moved to the vicinity of major highways. The landscape of Lachine-Est continues to be steeped in its history, as evidenced by the buildings, overhead cranes, railway links and other industrial remains there.