The Charlesbourg Galleries redesigned from A to Z

After Fleur de Lys and Place Quatre-Bourgeois, Trudel Corporation is embarking on another major shopping center revitalization project. This time, the real estate developer has Les Galeries Charlesbourg in his sights, which he wants to overhaul from top to bottom to make it a “completely integrated” living environment.

Trudel Corporation presented its renovation project Tuesday evening, during a public consultation organized by the City of Quebec.

The company plans, among other things, to build 1,500 housing units on the site and to develop a cycle path, green spaces and meeting places. A private residence for seniors could eventually see the light of day there. Mixed uses are the developer’s leitmotif.

New functions

There will always remain a strong commercial component […] but we will add new functions, such as residential functions or places for working or teleworking, places for entertainment, places for catering. It will become a completely integrated living environmentconfides in an interview with Radio-Canada William Trudel, founding president and CEO of Trudel Corporation.

>>>>

Open in full screen mode

William Trudel wants to adapt the Charlesbourg Galleries to today’s consumption, travel and living habits.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Philippe L’Heureux

The central section of Galeries Charlesbourg, which houses various businesses, including a branch of the SAQ and a pharmacy, will be demolished.

The objective is to create a covered shopping mall where all the businesses face the outside, which is not the case with the current mall.

No “renoviction”

William Trudel assures that tenants affected by the demolition work will be able to stay on the site if they wish. Most of them would have expressed their intention to stay there.

If a business has to move, it is first rebuilt from scratch. He moves only once and then we deconstruct this sectionexplains Mr. Trudel in an interview with Radio-Canada.

We do not do commercial “renoviction”. It’s not part of our DNA.

A quote from William Trudel, President and CEO, Trudel Corporation

The promoter adds that access quick and easy to businesses will be maintained throughout the duration of the work.

>>>>

Open in full screen mode

The current mall will be replaced by a covered shopping mall where each business will be located on the street.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Philippe L’Heureux

The construction of new buildings of various sizes will consolidate the center of the property and the corner located on the corner of 1st Avenue and 41st Street, where the current McDonald’s restaurant is located.

Higher extensions will be made to some of the preserved buildings, such as those which house the Meubles Croteau store and the Saveurs des Continents restaurant. Built frontages will emerge on the west (1st Avenue), south (41st Street) and east (4th Avenue) sides.

2nd Avenue extended?

In order to open up the shopping center and improve the connection between the Lairet and Saint-Rodrigue districts, Trudel Corporation proposes to extend 2nd Avenue on the Galeries Charlesbourg site and lead it to 1st Avenue.

Currently, the linearity of 2nd Avenue is interrupted by the shopping center and the Félix-Leclerc highway.

>>Sketch showing an aerial view of the Galeries Charlesbourg renovation project.>>

Open in full screen mode

2nd Avenue could be extended on the Galeries Charlesbourg site to allow the development of a covered shopping arcade with a storefront.

Photo: Trudel

To move forward with its requalification project, the developer will have to obtain a regulatory modification authorizing residential construction on the Galeries Charlesbourg site, which the City of Quebec is in favor of.

William Trudel expects to obtain the green light from municipal authorities within the next few weeks.

The modernization work, which will require investments of around a billion dollars, will be carried out in phases. They should begin in spring 2025 and last between 7 and 8 years.

We find it very interesting

The City of Quebec welcomes the renovation project, which it judges to be in line with its own vision for 1st Avenue, which provides for the construction of 2,500 housing units within 15 years on the unused land located opposite the Galeries Charlesbourg.

Avenue that we recently came to present”,”text”:”As you know, we currently have a housing crisis. So, any densification project in the centers which have a potential for requalification, we find that very interesting and what’s more, we are consistent with the vision of the 1reAvenue that we recently came to present”}}”>As you know, we currently have a housing crisis. So, any densification project in centers that have requalification potential, we find that very interesting and what’s more, we are consistent with the vision of 1st Avenue that we recently came to presentunderlines the advisor responsible for housing and land use planning issues at the City of Quebec, Marie-Pierre Boucher.

She adds that the municipal administration supports the regulatory modification requested by Trudel Corporation to authorize the construction of housing units on the site.

>>The Galeries Charlesbourg parking lot.>>

Open in full screen mode

The Les Galeries Charlesbourg shopping center, whose construction dates back to 1961, was acquired by Trudel Corporation in 2019.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Philippe L’Heureux

The Charlesbourg Galleries modernization project is also well received by the Lairet Neighborhood Council.

This is an area of ​​our neighborhood that is a number of years old and is car-first. So, the idea of ​​making it a neighborhood that will also be designed for pedestrian use, outdoor businesses and a mix of uses is really welcomed.comments the president of the board, Julie Tremblay-Potvin.

Transit traffic

However, she expresses certain concerns, particularly with regard to the expected increase in through traffic in the area, particularly if the idea of ​​extending 2nd Avenue comes to fruition.

Avenue and the accident-prone aspect of that avenue. So, it is certain that we will turn to the City to encourage it to redevelop this avenue so that it is as safe as possible”,”text”:”At the neighborhood council, we receive a lot of comments in terms of through traffic on 2nd Avenue and the accident-prone aspect of this avenue. So, it is certain that we will turn to the City to encourage it to redevelop this avenue so that it is as safe as possible”}}”>At the neighborhood council, we receive a lot of comments regarding through traffic on 2nd Avenue and the accident-prone aspect of that avenue. So, it is certain that we will turn to the City to encourage it to redevelop this avenue so that it is as safe as possible.mentions Ms. Tremblay-Potvin.

The hoped-for developments include road narrowing, sidewalk projections to secure pedestrian crossings and protected cycle paths.

>>Sketch showing a man cycling on a cycle path, through apartment buildings.>>

Open in full screen mode

Trudel Corporation wants to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists to Galeries Charlesbourg.

Photo: Trudel

The president of the Lairet Neighborhood Council affirms that the price of the housing that Trudel Corporation plans to build is also one of the concerns of citizens in the area.

She welcomes the developer’s desire to include affordable housing and housing adapted for people with disabilities.

Julie Tremblay-Potvin maintains that Quebec City will also have to do its part by increasing the number of social housing in the neighborhood.

With the collaboration of Philippe L’Heureux

-

-

PREV The program of 11 • Avignon for Off 2024
NEXT Sequestration, torture and ransom demand: a network dismantled in Rabat