Kildare-Shalom intersection made safer

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Kildare – Shalom intersection made safer for motorists and pedestrians

The beautiful flowers on the median of Kildare Road were so spectacular this summer that some motorists had trouble keeping their eyes on the road. Indeed, the heavy rainfalls this season made the vegetation and floral arrangements grow much more than in an average season and blocked the view for motorists trying to negotiate the intersection at Kildare and Shalom.

Less flowers right at the corner mean easier view across the road at Kildare and Shalom

Thanks to our dedicated managers and crews at Public Works  a few changes were made last week to help with visibility – and obstructions – at the intersection.

First, the vegetation was removed from the corner approximately 15 feet east and west of the intersection.

Easier to say across the street. Kildare at Shalom.

Second, the soil was removed and concrete was poured to create a pad where pedestrians could safely stand and wait to cross.

Third, a sign will be installed advising drivers to slow down.

We will also place the radar trailer at this intersection to sensitize drivers of their speed.

Next year we will plant shorter species of flowers allowing for increased visibility at the intersection.

We are also looking into painting a crosswalk as a visible means to slow traffic.

“Flowers have always been planted along Kildare year after year and this year they look exceptionally great,” said Public Works manager John Monteiro.

I thank John and his staff for this excellent service. Several residents approached me about the problem of obscured line of sight trying to drive through this intersection. I contacted John and he quickly resolved the problem and made the entire area safer for motorists and pedestrians. I’m very appreciative of a job well done and a safer Cote Saint-Luc.

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The power of teamwork

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Pedestrian struck by a vehicle on Kildare Road attended to by emergency personnel (Photo courtesy CSL Public Safety)

Reporting by Jordy Reichson, Director, CSL Public Safety

We are fortunate in Cote Saint-Luc to work together as a team, along with police, fire and ambulance, all to improve the level of care that we offer our residents.

Here, EMS, Urgences-santé, the Montreal Police (SPVM) and Public Security work together to care for a woman who was hit by a car while crossing Kildare. The scene was secured while the patient was immobilised and transported to hospital.

The pedestrian appears to have been crossing when the red hand signal was illuminated and the driver did not see her until it was too late.

This should serve as a reminder to all – motorists, cyclists and pedestrians – to obey the lights.

UPDATED: Safer Cavendish – Kildare intersection

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Cavendish Kildare intersection getting safer with adjustment to traffic light sequence

Cavendish Kildare intersection getting safer with adjustment to traffic light sequence. Crossing guard Norman Klein assists pedestrians in this photo, courtesy of Mike Cohen.

 

UPDATED Nov. 18, 2016 6:30PM: Electrical problems solved and all functioning as planned.

Motorists using the Cavendish/Kildare intersection will find it easier to get through the intersection starting November 15, thanks to a new split phase configuration.

In my short stint as mayor late last year I struck a task force to study the traffic light sequencing in order to improve pedestrian safety without impeding traffic flow. Consultants returned with proposed modifications so that motorists travelling westbound on Kildare will be able to drive through the intersection at Cavendish while traffic in the opposing direction waits. This allows drivers to turn left (or turn right, or go straight) without opposing traffic.

To help visualize the change, imagine you are a driver who left the JPPS/Bialik campus and is heading west along Kildare towards the police station. When you approach the traffic light at Cavendish Blvd., you can use the left or middle lane to turn left or the middle lane to go straight. Motorists coming from the opposite direction will have a red right, which will allow you to turn left (or to go straight) without having to worry about oncoming traffic.

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Likewise, motorists coming from the opposite side will have their chance to move through the intersection without interference.

Just as many vehicles as before will be able to pass through the intersection. However, the process will be less stressful and far safer.

Motorists and pedestrians alike will benefit as less distraction and confusion means more attention paid to the pedestrian.  Pedestrians will only have to look out for vehicles in one direction, and motorists will be able to look out for pedestrians, not oncoming cars.

Of course, pedestrians should always use the crosswalk signal and when available walk with the crossing guard.

Once the change it made, please let city engineers know what you think about it and if it has helped your driving experience. Email engineering@cotesaintluc.org.

Cavendish - Kildare Intersection

Cavendish – Kildare Intersection

I continue to head up the task force on traffic priorities that meets several times each year to review local policies and the Quebec Highway Act in order to make our roads, intersections and crosswalks safer. A major example of our work was the speed limit reduction along Fleet Road in conjunction with the Town of Hampstead. Pedestrian safety is at the top of our list as we continue to study ways to modernize and improve our 147 roads in Cote Saint-Luc. What ideas would you like to share?

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen initiated new high visibility crosswalk signage in Cote Saint-Luc such as the one pictured above as well as the middle-of-the-road flexi signs, among the first in Quebec.

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen initiated new high visibility crosswalk signage in Cote Saint-Luc such as the one pictured above as well as the middle-of-the-road flexi signs, among the first in Quebec.

I proposed median crosswalk signs that have made crossing the road safer in CSL - J'ai amené l'idée de ces nouveaux panneaux de signalisation pour piétons qui ont fait traverser la route plus sûre en CSL

I proposed median crosswalk signs that have made crossing the road safer in CSL – J’ai amené l’idée de ces nouveaux panneaux de signalisation pour piétons qui ont fait traverser la route plus sûre en CSL

 

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen launched these new pedestrian safety signs which he "imported" from Florida

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen launched these new pedestrian safety signs which he “imported” from Florida

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Natural gas leak disrupts central Cote Saint-Luc

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Emergency crews respond to natural gas leak at Parkhaven and Kildare in Cote Saint-Luc (Photo: Sidney Benizri)

Emergency crews respond to natural gas leak at Parkhaven and Kildare in Cote Saint-Luc (Photo: Sidney Benizri)

UPDATED Aug. 30, 2016 22:20

A ruptured natural gas line disrupted a normal, quiet afternoon in Cote Saint-Luc today. Just before 5:00 P.M. calls started coming in from residents in the area of Parkhaven and Kildare about the smell of gas. I was passing the intersection of Cavendish and Kildare at 5:00 P.M. and noticed the distinct rotten-egg sulfuric smell. Emergency services were called and began arriving moments later.

CSL volunteer Citizens o Patrol maintain perimeter around gas leak (Photo: Sidney Benizri)

CSL volunteer Citizens o Patrol maintain perimeter around gas leak (Photo: Sidney Benizri)

Cote Saint-Luc Public Safety Director was one of the first on scene and quickly dispatched his Public Security agents to close off the area and evacuate residents within close proximity to the construction site at Kildare and Parkhaven.

As close as we can safely get to the scene of the leak (Photo: Sidney Benizri)

As close as we can safely get to the scene of the leak (Photo: Sidney Benizri)

CSL volunteer Citizens on Patrol was also activated and several teams quickly responded to assist in securing a perimeter to safeguard the immediate sector for several responding Montreal Fire Department vehicles. Police services also responded along with an Urgences Santé supervisor and CSL Emergency Medical Services. Within a short while Gaz Met crews also showed up on scene to assess the situation. Hydro Quebec emergency crews showed up and began cutting power to the immediate area and as far west as Blossom Ave.

vCOP detour traffic off of Kildare onto Wildwood (Photo: Sidney Benizri)

vCOP detour traffic off of Kildare onto Wildwood (Photo: Sidney Benizri)

By 6:30 P.M. I saw some fire crews leaving the area. By 7:30 P.M. some power was returning to the outer perimeter.

At 9:30 P.M. Gaz Met capped the leak and the fire department has begun house to house inspections. Once complete the road will be reopened and Hydro Quebec crews will be able to restore power.

As of 10:20 P.M. all power and water are reported to have been restored.

 

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CSL personnel and senior management were on scene coordinating local services and assessing damage. Mayor Mitchell Brownstein was in constant contact with staff. City Manager Nadia Di Furia and Assistant Manager Jonathan Shecter remain on scene as of this posting to coordinate with Reichson. Joining them are Urban Development Director Charles Senekal and Manager Mohammed Ali.  These two engineers know every inch of the city and are extremely helpful in this situation in organizing the response for underground services such as water supply. As work crews will begin digging up the road this evening, Senekal and Ali will work with water engineering company Sima, to minimize any disruption. While some local streets may have their water cut, PS and vCOP will begin distribution of bottled water, as per our emergency procedures.

“We have a fantastic team and I am proud to be standing here with them,” City Manager Di Furia stated.

Councillor Sidney Benizri, who lives a few houses away from the scene provided the pictures in this blog post.”It looks like tonight we need to be patient. All the teams are at work here and they’ve handled the situation very professionally,” said Benizri, who is still without power as of this posting.

Evacuated residents take shelter in Montreal Fire Department bus

Evacuated residents take shelter in Montreal Fire Department bus

Councillor Dida Berku reported that the Cavendish Mall food court was packed due to the power outage.

Many thanks to Director Reichson, Public Security agents, senior management, and all emergency personnel from Montreal, Gaz Met and Hydro Quebec for quickly bringing the situation under control and keeping our residents safe.

As Cote Saint-Lucers we are truly fortunate to have a dedicated staff and a city council so committed to our residents. Each city councillor gets involved side by side with our members of staff to ensure our residents are safe and sound. Tonight was no exception as mayor and councillors immediately began emailing, texting and calling to check on the situation and to receive frequent updates.

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Upgrade coming to Kildare / Cavendish, safer for pedestrians

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Free Press | Feb. 23, 2016 | Click to enlarge

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Parkhaven Courtyard realtor looking to ‘stack’ townhouses for affordability

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Developers of the new townhouse project at Kildare and Parkhaven are looking to make changes in their next phase. The stacked townhouses would essentially turn 15 higher priced townhouses into 30 less expensive units.

Council will consider the proposal but no decision has been made yet. As the local councillor I will ask for a public consultation to take place if council wishes to accept the new proposal.

What do you think about this proposal? Would the addition of 15 units make a difference to you if you live nearby recognizing that the size of the units will not change? Please post your comment.

 

Free Press | June 23, 2015 | Click to enlarge

Free Press | June 23, 2015 | Click to enlarge

Parkhaven Courtyard begins to take shape, Phase 1 sold out

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Maxera project matches city’s drive for renewal

JOEL CEAUSU SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

February 15, 2014

Charlie Migliara wants to sell 150 homes in Côte St-Luc. But in speaking about his experience as project manager for the new townhouse and condominium complex, he sounds like he’s going to miss the neighbourhood when this project is done.

The Griffith-McConnell Residence, long empty and deteriorating, will be demolished to make way for Parkhaven Courtyard, a townhouse/condominium complex being built on the site in Côte-St-Luc.

Parkhaven Courtyard will be built on a 130,000-square-foot piece of land bordered by Kildare Rd. and Parkhaven and Trinity Aves., site of the former Griffith-McConnell seniors’ residence which, after half a century, ironically lost relevance in a community identified with an aging population. The rezoning from institutional to residential, for a housing development to replace decaying l ow-lying buildings and a high-rise left idle for three years, opened the door to the project by Maxera Group — Migliara’s uncle, Johnny Migliara, is president — for 50 townhouses and a tower in what was originally previewed as five phases, but may evolve to only three. “Phase 2 may get underway faster than forecast due to popularity,” Charlie said. “Phase 1 is already sold out.”

The 50 townhouses will be built within 24 months — Phase 1 delivery is set for this fall — and so far, everything has gone better than expected, Migliara said. “We predicted a certain clientele: youth in the area ready to buy their first place, maybe parents investing for their children, young professionals and growing families. That’s 100-per-cent exactly what happened. Those are the people coming to purchase.

“The problem in Côte-St-Luc is that all the stock is very old, so you’re left with two choices: buy an old home and renovate, or buy turnkey, but there’s not that much around.

“I wish there was more land available here,” he said with a laugh. “I would buy it all up.”

That turnkey model is what he and other developers — like those behind the seminal CentrePointe development down the road that rejuvenated the Cavendish Mall area — are counting on.

“It’s stress-free,” Migliara said, “and the old way of thinking about townhouses — as ‘skinny’ homes — no longer applies.”

The look is what he calls a classic English-style townhouse, incorporating timeless red brick and other hues, and a judicious use of an aluminum palette for contrast.

“We could have gone for a more modern style, but we knew that in 10 years it wouldn’t work,” Migliara said. “This design (by Saroli Palumbo Architects) guarantees that in a few years, people will think these homes have always belonged here.”

“…The services at Côte-St-Luc city hall are outstanding. …The people know what they are doing — they understand. They want to make things work and are proud of their community.” Charlie Migliara

The three- and four-bedroom units feature two or more baths, two private underground parking spots plus a mezzanine, leaving the option open for another bedroom, bathroom, office or playroom. From thermoplastic kitchen cabinets and wraparound quartz islands to walk-in closets and high-end porcelain floors, the options and looks are limitless, thanks to an in-house Italian design team.

Plans for the tower are not finalized, and will be decided as Phase 2 evolves.

“What we’ve seen is couples coming in and looking at houses, with their parents inquiring about high-rise units. We’ll see how demand evolves before deciding, but we’re looking at more than 100 units from 800 to 1,200 square feet (for the tower).”

In Côte-St-Luc, where many streets bear the odd juxtaposition of ostentatious rebuilds adjacent to aging and neglected housing stock, any new residential development is a big deal. While he says that condominium development around Montreal can be seen as excessive, Migliara maintains the condo tide over the last decade has been a good thing overall.

“People get to shop and compare, learning about what they like. Montrealers have become educated buyers.”

Maxera’s price point fits its target market, starting at $535,000 (condo fees average about $1,200 a year); it’s betting on those young professionals and growing families with cash to spend and no patience for headaches, which drove much of the project’s planning.

That shows in the light touch applied to common amenities, forgoing pools, gyms or large expansive courtyards.

“We passed on all of that,” he said. “In general, people don’t like condo associations, and tend to find stuff like that a nuisance down the road.” In five to 10 years, Migliara predicted, “there would be disagreement over pool responsibilities, who’s in charge and such.” So instead of add-ons costing money and consuming time, courtyard residents get attractively landscaped central green spaces, front yards, large private decks and plenty of trees.

Besides, part of the hype around the Parkhaven project is its proximity to the city’s aquatic centre. With three pools, gymnasium, dance studios, libraries, parks, arena, tennis courts and the bulk of the city’s leisure activities in the Parkhaven Courtyard orbit, the residential project is a perfect match for Côte-St-Luc’s drive to renewal.

Migliara has been buoyed by the city’s reaction to the project.

“Often it’s hard for companies to work with certain communities’ bylaws, rules and way of working, but the services at CôteSt-Luc city hall are outstanding. I call and someone actually answers. The people know what they are doing — they understand. They want to make things work and are proud of their community.”

Migliara said that shows in the savvy of the people stepping into the bright orange on-site sales office.

“We see it in the people coming in to buy; they Maxera project matches city’s drive for renewal.”

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