Saint-Raymond is a small but diverse neighbourhood at the southern edge of NDG, squeezed between the commuter rail tracks and the steep St-Jacques escarpment, with the Decarie expressway to the east and rue Cavendish as its western boundary. Historically an Italian neighbourhood – known to some as little Little Italy - Saint-Raymond today is a rich mix of languages and cultures, with an active community life. The neighbourhood has been of particular interest in recent years due to multiple nearby megaprojects that are greatly impacting the community - notably the new MUHC mega-hospital, and the ongoing reconstruction of the massive Turcot interchange. Traffic, commerce, rents, land-values, and the quality of the environment are all being significantly impacted by these projects.
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- The integration of the MUHC;
- The impacts of the Turcot on traffic, circulation, and the local environment;
- The introduction of the new french primary school in the neighbourhood, opened in 2015;
- The revitalization of rue Upper Lachine for commerce and activity;
- The redesign of the intersection of Upper Lachine and de Maisonneuve;
- The availability of recreational and public amenities, including the development of an Art Hive collective;
- Road and pedestrian safety, especially in places such as the Melrose Tunnel and the Girouard underpass.
As a result of these multiple issues, a number of studies and reports have been produced in recent years including the following:
- Rethinking Public Street Space in Saint-Raymond: A brief in support of public transportation - 2012
- Saint Raymond Baseline Study – 2011
- Quartier Vert Actif et en Sante for Southeastern NDG
- Plan Particulier d’Urbanisme (PPU) for Saint-Raymond
If you’d like to get involved in the Saint-Raymond community, please contact Steve at tel: (514) 484-1471 X232