by Barbara Black
The City of Montreals
urban planning commission has accepted Concordias development plan
for the Loyola campus, and will recommend approval of the plan to the
citys executive committee. The centrepiece of the plan is construction
of a new science complex on the site.
The planning commissions
report, released after its hearing on March 7, included a number of comments
and recommendations that Vice-Rector Services Michael Di Grappa said can
readily be accommodated.
These include the university
instituting an incentive program to increase use of the parking lot south
of the athletic complex and some modifications to the campus design, including
sturdier buffers to protect the privacy of residents on neighboring streets.
The city will be examining the suggestion of a parking sticker system
Some of these suggestions
originated with the residents themselves. A meeting was held March 3 on
the Loyola Campus so that university officials could present the project
to campus neighbors and listen to questions about the project. Di Grappa
said the meeting was a productive one, and that a strong effort will be
made to keep the community informed throughout the construction period.
The planning commission also
recommended exploring the possibility with the MUCTC of a transportation
link with the Vendôme métro station similar to the shuttle
bus run to the downtown campus.
Shovels are likely to hit
the ground on the Loyola Campus this summer, after the executive committee
of Montreal enacts a zoning bylaw. The technical planning work continues
for the building, which will house four science departments, and a project
management firm has been hired.
The Jesuit residence has been
purchased by the university. Members of the Jesuit community will continue
to live there for three years, but at some point the space may be used
to house graduate students.
On April 24, the planning
commission will meet again to consider Concordias plans to build
two big buildings on the downtown campus.
Three of the four Faculties have undertaken internal fundraising campaigns for their buildings. The fourth will be launched March 22. The leader so far is the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, with a participation rate of 64 per cent.