Carbonleo wants gov’t handout for Royalmount

Carbonleo has put Royalmount on pause for six months and now wants government handouts or cheap loans to continue developing it, especially now that retail has basically collapsed.

Note that they specifically mention funding for the pedestrian passage that’s meant to link de la Savane metro to the complex (and reduce the necessity to drive to it): doubts about the project partly clustered around how it would (if successful) attract more motor traffic to an already congested highway crossing, so there was pressure to make it more accessible by public transit. It was framed as a gracious concession when they initially agreed, so putting the passage up front for public funding suggests it’s something they always felt was dispensable.

If nothing else good comes out of the pandemic, sparing Montreal this 20th‑century glitzbucket horrorshow would be a blessing.