Mr. Russell Copeman, the Ville de Montréal executive committee member responsible for housing, urban planning, buildings, real estate transactions and strategies and the Office de consultation publique de Montréal, announced the acquisition of a 78,500-square metre property for purposes of expanding the parc-nature de l’Anse-à-l’Orme.
He was accompanied by Mr. Georges Bourelle, Mayor of Beaconsfield. The purchase of this property, located at 575 rue Elm in the Angell Woods sector, will not only protect this natural environment of interest, but it also opens the door to the possible creation of a north-south recreational corridor linking the parc-nature du Cap St-Jacques with the Angell Woods in Beaconsfield.
“This acquisition is the successful culmination of a lengthy negotiation process. The purchase of this land was essential to protecting and highlighting the value of the l’Anse-à-l’Orme ecological site, and it allows us to make a substantial addition to the protected areas that make up Montréal’s natural heritage,” said Mr. Russell Copeman.
“This project will not only expand the parc-nature de l’Anse-à-l’Orme, but it will also make an enormous contribution to the preservation of Montréal’s biodiversity and give us an even greater incentive to reach our target to protect ten percent of our natural environments,” added Mr. Réal Ménard, the executive committee member responsible for sustainable development, the environment, large parks and green spaces.
“This acquisition is important for the citizens of Beaconsfield. It concludes more than 30 years of effort and guarantees the preservation of an important green space. It will eventually allow development of a major regional recreational corridor that will benefit us from now on, “said Beaconsfield Mayor Georges Bourelle.
The property includes a building, which will be demolished once the city takes possession of the land. The acquisition will be made at a cost of $3.5 million, with the financing assumed in full by the agglomeration. Beaconsfield pays more than 50% of its annual budget to the agglomeration. Portions of the land along the Elm corridor zoned for minimum density development.