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The Montreal Hippodrome is set to become carbon-neutral social housing and green space

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The City of Montreal has announced its plans to transform the Namur-Hippodrome area into a carbon-neutral district focusing on social housing, public transportation and green spaces.

Officials hope the area in the Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce district will “stand out for its urban and mobile innovations” and leave “a minimal environmental footprint.”

The plan is to build up to 20,000 new apartments, potentially 9,000 of which will be on the site of the former hippodrome racetrack.

“A significant portion of these residential units will be intended for social and community housing, which will be affordable and family-friendly,” the city says.

In addition, shops and businesses as well as 14 hectares of public green spaces, including a central park and a green belt, are planned.

Officials note that the addition of a streetcar connecting the district to the subway system will make the area accessible and convenient for public transit.

There are also plans for “centers of civic activity that meet the needs of the community,” such as schools, a community center, a library, sports facilities and health facilities.

The Namur-Hippodrome district covers approximately 95 hectares of land near the Namur metro station.

Public consultations on the project are scheduled for this spring, with final adoption expected this fall.

Unless there are complications, construction could begin as early as 2025.