Published June 11, 2008
The Suburban previously reported that plans called for the southern portion of the mall to be demolished a year ago, with a new smaller mall to be completed late last year. However, there has been no movement, and some mall merchants have been asking The Suburban what the latest developments are.
“It’s been going very slowly,” Cohen said. “They have proposed a very vast housing complex. The latest proposal we had was for about 1,100 units. Clearly, we’re not in favour of that.
“Just picture Cavendish Boulevard and Kildare Road with the addition of about 2,000 more cars, possibly at rush hour - even 1,000 more cars. This is going to be the most critical housing development in the history of Côte St. Luc and when we sign off on it, we have to be 100 percent clear that it’s going to be good for the city, that all traffic measures are going to be taken into consideration. I can’t really tell you when this is going to actually occur, but negotiations continue and we’ve been having very good meetings. We just haven’t been able to come to a conclusion.
“I don’t know what will happen first — the Cavendish extension or the new Cavendish Mall [development]. We’ll have to wait and see.”
Roy Salomon, a managing partner of the mall, said the mall is still in negotiations with Côte St. Luc, “regarding an overall plan that will benefit both the city and Cavendish Shopping Centre Company Ltd.
“When we had a fully operating shopping centre, including Eaton’s, there was more traffic than will be created by additional housing units.”