From reduced speed zones to plans to beautify the empty lot we have many plans for Marc Chagall Avenue
There is a lot of activity to take note of on Marc Chagall Avenue.
For starters, I advocated strongly for more safety measures to be taken by our Traffic Committee. We have lowered the speed limit to 30 km/h. New signs will be installed soon. A seasonal speed bump will be installed closer to the snow dump. At the turnaround, work began this week on a bump out sidewalk aimed at slowing motorists down near the cross walk. This was closely studied by traffic engineers before implementation.
The broken sidewalk near the Equinoxe is finally being replaced. We also expect the Equinoxe owners to complete the landscaping in front of their buildings. And yes, still with the Equinoxe, it was their responsibility to return the lot across from the Marquise, which was used for parking the past three summers, to greenspace. Equinoxe contractors levelled and hydroseeded the land in the fall and it clearly failed to take. They have now started another cleanup and seeding. If all goes well, we should see grass by the end of May
Once the grass appears, Public Works will be installing some benches, tables, bushes and flowers. Last fall we installed a paved road to the entrance of Isadore Goldberg Park so that all residents on Marc Chagall have access. Goldberg Park is furnished with some new play equipment, benches, tables and beautiful tree. New sand was added in 2020. Lighting and fencing will be installed over the summer/fall.
“So the community at Marc Chagall will enjoy a place to stroll through, a park with toys for children and grandchildren and a small parkette towards City Hall and the library,” reports Public Works Director Beatrice Newman. “The people who live on this street will finally enjoy beautiful days in beautiful areas throughout the summer in their neighbourhood.”
Some people have asked me about the snow dump and when the filthy mountain of solid snow will be chopped up. We hire a contractor for the snow dump and we have basically one shot. We need several weeks of warm weather before it can be broken up so that might not be until June.
I think we are all thrilled that this will mark the first time four years that we will not have to face summer of construction at the Equinoxe as the two towers are completed. Just a reminder to anyone who is not aware, but that land was zoned for two high rises more than 30 years ago.
Finally, Videotron recently did some work on the street and they left three sets of rock-filled holes in the ground. We are now after them to put those surfaces (see above) back to their original position.