In only 20 years, the Technopôle Angus was transformed from an industrial park into a welcoming, bustling, avant-garde district.
It is known locally and beyond for its vitality, the great quality of life it offers and its innovative sustainable-development achievements.
The Canadian Pacific Railway opened its largest factory in North America, in East Montreal. For nearly a century, the Rosemont borough followed the cadence of the Angus Shops’ sirens. This was the first time that the Canadian railway giant used its Welfare Working policy to promote productivity among its employees. The factory implemented novel concepts that were unheard of at the time: on-site cafeterias, libraries, health care services, etc.
During a wave of factory closures, CP Rail officially announced the end of the great industrial era of the Angus Shops. The Corporation de développement économique et communautaire Rosemont-Petite Patrie (CDEC) decided to give the site new life.
The CDEC launched the Société de développement Angus (SDA), in an effort to redevelop the Angus site with an emphasis on the principles of sustainable development.
Following seven years of work and preparation, on September 8, 1998, the SDA broke ground and began restoring the Angus Locoshop, on the same site where locomotives were assembled 100 years prior.
To date, 50% of the area acquired by the SDA has been developed in partnership with the community, in keeping with a framework of sustainable development. The first residential project, Cité Angus, is now a vibrant eco-district in which residents, workers and business executives live and work side-by-side in a friendly environment.
First Eco-District in Quebec
The Technopôle is at it again with the first diversified green neighbourhood in Quebec. The new LEED ND Platinum certified neighbourhood will be an urban village where businesses and residents share a dynamic living environment inspired by the latest technologies in urbanism and environment.
A Bustling Neighbourhood
There has been a real flurry of business and offices opening at the Technopôle .What underlies the success of this former industrial park that was converted into a green neighbourhood? An integrated approach to urban development, along with high-quality construction.