Experimental district: the UdeS does not threaten the rental market

With its “experimental neighborhood” project, the University of Sherbrooke should not compete with rental establishments in the neighborhood. This was the only concern raised on Wednesday at a town hall consultation regarding a change to the development plan for land owned by the University.
The objective of the institution is to obtain a change to the scheme, and at the same time a zoning change, for the Innovation park, located in front of the Triolet school. High technology, research and development industrial sites would take a public and institutional role. In the short term, a solar park and a hydrological complex should be built there. In the longer term, the concept of work, live and play, could be deployed to allow certain homes and businesses on campus.

Only three citizens attended the consultation session, but Chantal Bélanger, owner of a rental property, was worried.

“Housing would be pretty limited on campus. We will not go into large-scale home development. We are aiming for extra accommodation for people who come for more than a week, but less than a year, who will not go to the hotel and rent an apartment. There could also be experimental housing, extremely connected, for experimentation in home automation or for energy saving, “summarized Jacques Viens, assistant vice-rector at the University of Sherbrooke.

“We do not have enough land for home development, and we already have residences that are difficult to make profitable. The more development there is, the more pressure there will be for additional businesses, perhaps a daycare, to accommodate people who would study or work in the park. ”

Gallt Street in a sorry state
Ms. Bélanger took the opportunity to deplore the look of Galt Street West. “It’s not a nice neighborhood. I went to see what the living, work and live environments of Saskatoon and Tucson looked like. There, it gives the taste to walk one kilometer to eat at the restaurant. The city is interested in downtown, but it should also be interested in Galt Street. ”

In terms of deadlines, Jacques Viens hopes the construction of the solar park and the hydrological complex for November. For the rest, there is nothing in the boxes. “We are starting to think of an industrial building for research. It would be malleable and subdividable to accommodate the manufacturing-type ACET companies. But we are only at the stage of imagination. In the meantime, we want the zoning change, because private projects need a quick reaction time and we want to be ready. ”

The change to the development plan should be approved by City Council on May 22nd and sent to Quebec City for approval. It could be in effect on July 31. A consultation session on the zoning change is scheduled for June

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