[EN IMAGES] A 15-storey carbon-neutral real estate complex at the head of the bridges in Quebec


A real estate developer aims to build “the first carbon-neutral project” on the territory of Quebec. The 7 to 15-story residential, commercial and hotel complex, valued at $140 million, would grow near the bridgehead.

The “La Forest – Québec” project, by the Statera Group, would see the light of day on the island at the corner of Villeray, Saint-Louis and de la Forest streets, where a shopping center and a car garage are currently located.

The building would include 317 rental units for a mixed clientele, including approximately 10% affordable units, and 76 hotel rooms, with shops and local services on the ground floor.


The developer Groupe Statera promises a “distinctive architecture” for its future building complex and says it is guided by the “ESGA” concept, which stands for environment, social, governance, art and architecture.

Courtesy illustration, Statera Group/Régis Côté & Associés/Salem Architecture

The first level of the proposed building is seven storeys high, while two recessed towers reach 12 and 15 storeys respectively, each occupying 25% of the total footprint. The maximum height permitted in this area is currently four storeys.

A public square with a work of art accessible to the public, greening (including the addition of 16 trees) and facilities for active and public transport are also planned.

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“We aim to be the first carbon-neutral project on the territory of Quebec City on this scale and in this type of project,” says Nicolas H. Constantin, president of the group, who says he grew up in the neighborhood.

“A carbon-neutral building is an energy-efficient building in which GHG emissions are reduced to a minimum, which must be offset by carbon credits,” he explains.


The developer Groupe Statera promises a “distinctive architecture” for its future building complex and says it is guided by the “ESGA” concept, which stands for environment, social, governance, art and architecture.

Courtesy illustration, Statera Group/Régis Côté & Associés/Salem Architecture

The emissions balance would therefore be zero, both during construction and during the life of the building.

For the construction phase alone, “it’s like taking 20,000 cars out of circulation for a year, so it’s a major impact,” says Constantin, recalling that Canada is aiming for carbon neutrality in the country by 2050.

“We hope it will pave the way for other projects.”

Consultation

The businessman, a former member of the Pomerleau group, presented his project to citizens on Thursday evening as part of a first public participation activity.

According to him, the openings planned to let in the light and the significant setback of the higher parts will minimize the visual impact of the upper floors.

The Piazzetta and Bon Matin restaurants and the Proxim pharmacy, which currently occupy the site, would be ready to be integrated into the new project. The developer also hopes to attract a grocery store.


The developer Groupe Statera promises a “distinctive architecture” for its future building complex and says it is guided by the “ESGA” concept, which stands for environment, social, governance, art and architecture.

Courtesy illustration, Statera Group/Régis Côté & Associés/Salem Architecture

“We have a lot of interesting things, not only for future tenants, but really for citizens in general,” argues Mr. Constantin. He would like to start the work next year.

The young real estate company claims to have developed the “ESGA” concept, which stands for environment, social, governance, art and architecture.

In the City of Quebec, it is explained that Statera has not yet registered a request for modification to the regulations. Thursday’s workshop aimed to establish a dialogue with citizens, who will be consulted again if such a request is made.

Among the major real estate projects brought to the attention of the municipal administration, it would indeed be the first carbon neutral project of this kind in Quebec, according to spokesperson Audrey Perreault.

The Saint-Louis district council preferred not to comment before having been able to read all the details of the project.

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