Stephen Bronfman’s Groupe Baseball Montréal team has hired the services of a star player in the person of architect and urban planner Clément Demers, to whom we owe the creation of Montréal’s Quartier international and entertainment district.
Posted June 28, 2021
The retired professor from the Faculty of Planning at the Université de Montréal was also part of the expert committee on architectural quality for the new bridge over the Saint Lawrence. “Clément Demers works as a consultant on all matters of urban planning and development, his own areas of expertise,” says Daniel Granger, spokesman for Groupe Baseball Montréal. It places the hiring of Mr. Demers between the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. It was impossible to speak with Mr. Demers last week.
Montreal Baseball Group wants to build a ballpark in Peel Basin, southwest of downtown. Until now, the promoter has been sparing in details regarding his project. Before the Montreal Public Consultation Office in October 2019, Mr. Bronfman spoke of a green stadium, respectful of the principles of sustainable development. Last March, news broke that his group had approached the provincial government about financing infrastructure. Prime Minister Legault said he was ready to discuss it.
Mr. Demers participated on behalf of Groupe Baseball Montréal in the last two citizen consultation workshops on the development of the Bridge-Bonaventure sector, on May 13 and 20. The table is organized by the Institut du Nouveau Monde at the request of the city of Montreal. The latter had forgotten to invite Mr. Bronfman to participate in the first three workshops.
“Obsessed by the quality of the projects”
“It is true that when Clément Demers touches a project, the project will be better,” testifies promoter Christian Yaccarini, executive director of the Société de développement Angus, who recently collaborated with him on a reflection on the EMN of the East. “He is obsessed with the quality of the projects. He knows how to calculate. He doesn’t make white elephants. It has an absolutely fabulous architectural and urban culture. He wants Montreal to be beautiful. ”
Mr. Demers is an advocate for the importance of beauty in urban development. According to him, a project of superior quality will be more profitable for the community in the long term than the project carried out at the lowest possible cost. “To be successful, you have to be beautiful. In life, it is always the extra effort that is worth it”, he confided to the author of these lines in 2006 when he was in charge of the Quartier international de Montréal, a sector that stands out for the aesthetics of the urban furniture of the industrial designer Michel. Dallaire and the presence of sculpture the fair from Riopelle.
Having someone of your caliber involved in a project is part of the foundation for creating winning conditions.
Jean Laurin, CEO of the Avison Young Quebec real estate agency
“If Clément Demers is involved in the baseball project, it is because he sees its potential and wants to improve it,” continues Mr. Laurin, who also chairs the Montreal International board.
As co-responsible for the Codex de l’Observatoire Ivanhoé Cambridge du développement urbain et immobilier, M. Demers recently directed a research work on the social acceptability of grand urban projects in the Griffintown quartier, as well as on the site I projected for the future Stadium.
One drawback, however, is that the organization (Quartier international de Montréal, now AGIL OBNL) that Mr. Demers heads was singled out in 2015 by the Office of the Inspector General, which criticized its project management in a contract won with the Société du Parc Jean-Drapeau.
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