• James Armstrong

Coteau-du-Lac industrial park expansion hailed as a success


PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

Industrial development continues for the region with new real estate deal. (Left to right) Industrial Alta President Pierre Latreille, Mayor Andrée Brosseau, Broccolini President of Real Estate Development Roger Plamondon, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vaudreuil-Soulanges Director General Joanne Brunet and Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vaudreuil-Soulanges President Pierjean Savard celebrate the news.

An additional 165 hectares of what was agricultural land became part of the Alta Industrial Park in Coteau-du-Lac in early November. The addition was the result of a real estate partnership between Alta Industrial and Broccolini Developers that was announced Wednesday, November 21 at the Montreal headquarters of Broccolini and is aimed at developers looking to set up their operations near the greater Montreal area.

The locale has become a preferred location for companies in the manufacturing and logistics sectors due to its proximity to Highways 20, 30 and 40.

“We hope we have reached a new stage of development with our partnership with Broccolini,” said Industrial Alta President Pierre Latreille. “This is an area that is expanding rapidly.” Roger Plamondon, President of Real Estate Development and Acquisitions for Broccolini concurred. “We are very proud to be part of this project.”

Rezoning of land

The Alta Industrial Park faced zoning issues from its beginning as recounted by Latreille in his opening remarks. Originally zoned as agricultural land, it took several years and an eventual Supreme Court of Quebec hearing before rezoning was permitted, according to Latreille.

Strategic announcement

“We have taken precautions to make sure all the components are in place before we made an announcement,” said Plamondon. “We are very confident that we can get this project going.” He noted the official announcement of the partnership was timed in advance of the Real Estate Forum in Toronto the following week.

“We will be able to promote this project in Toronto because a lot of the players come there from the United States and Ontario.” Plamondon said the first company would likely be in place in 2019.

Sustainable development

Plamondon said companies are very aware of the need for sustainable development. “From the point of view of energy conservation, they all want buildings that are energy efficient. They are also attentive to the work environment for their employees,” he said. Both Latreille and Plamondon emphasized the project’s attention to environmental issues such as green space and the reduction of hard surface areas. “We don’t want it to be an ocean of asphalt,” said Latreille.

“This is probably one of the first projects to have land dedicated to green space and wetlands,” said Plamondon. He said the park has access to raw water brought in directly from the Saint-Lawrence River. “We have the choice of using treated water from the town or using untreated water,” he said. As for rain water and snow melt run-off, there are catch basins installed in the area to handle that.

Economic benefits

“This is excellent news for the town and the region,” said Coteau-du-Lac Mayor Andrée Brosseau. The town and the industrial park developers described their relationship as positive and productive. Going forward, however, each part of the project as it developed would have to be approved by the town, according to the mayor. With the addition of 165 hectares, the Alta Industrial Park now covers an area of more than 350 hectares. According to the developers, its strategic location and proximity to services provide easy access to national and international markets providing optimal trade opportunities for Quebec’s main economic partners. Currently, 15 companies occupy the original site including the Canadian Tire Corporation distribution centre for Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.

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