As part of the École de Technologie Supérieur’s planned Phase III expansion, the college acquired several underused or empty lots in the quadrangle between Notre-Dame, Peel, Mountain and Ottawa streets. Just recently, demolition notices appeared on two buildings on the south side of Notre-Dame; there’d been an UQAM-logoed sign advising people not to park on the empty bit in between for some time before that.
The smaller of the two buildings – in reality a very old house with a storefront – is starting to come down now. I’ve contacted the ETS to find out what, exactly, they’re planning to build there. (Updates as they occur.)
Twinned old houses with retail storefronts at ground level, at the corner of Notre-Dame and Eleanor. The one on the left had been covered up in brown aluminum siding for years; the wood supports seem temporary, to hold it up while it’s being gutted. The construction in the background is an expansion and refurbishment of the main ETS building, formerly the Dow Brewery. (Closer view linked in the comments below – thanks Margaret!)
Older low-rent apartment building on the corner of Notre-Dame and Mountain. Seems to have been a decent little Deco-brick building but someone retiled the front with leftovers from Jolicoeur metro.
A view of the new construction at the ETS, taking up the former back end of the former Dow Brewery building along Notre-Dame and Murray streets.
Thanks to Andrea Braithwaite for letting me use her camera!