De la Villanelle auxiliary building

Construction of the De la Villanelle auxiliary building

Worksite summary

As part of the Blue line extension project, this worksite involves building a new operational infrastructure required to operate the métro.

Start of work: We plan to start excavation work in 2025.

Description of the work: New building construction.

Next step: Dismantling of the west side of the commercial building on Jean-Talon, at the corner of De la Villanelle. Only the portion currently occupied by the convenience store will be removed. Nearby businesses will remain open.

Impact on customer trips

Details to come.

Impact on local residents

Building demolition

This fall, the west side of the commercial building on Jean-Talon at the corner of De la Villanelle will be removed. The work will only affect the convenience store. Nearby businesses will remain open.

What to expect

  • The work will take place during the day, from Monday to Friday.
  • The building dismantling may cause noise, vibrations and dust.

Once the west side of the building is removed, the site will be fully cleaned and secured to prepare for the excavation.

To reduce the negative impact on residents, we will implement mitigation measures specific to the worksite and to each stage of the work.

Each stage will be carried out in accordance with all municipal by-laws.

Upcoming excavation work

Full and partial street closures are planned at various points along the route and will last for varying lengths of time. Detailed planning is not yet available for your area. In the meantime, please see the Latest Updates and FAQ tabs on the project page for more information on the high-level planning.

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Preparatory work: First worksite done!

Work being done near the future Villanelle auxiliary building mainly consists of relocating urban public utilities (underground cabling and a Hydro-Québec utility pole). We will then have free rein to begin the massive excavation that will be needed to build the new infrastructure.

Here are some photos of the work we’ve done:

We relocated a Hydro-Québec utility pole, freeing up the space needed to build the new infrastructure on the southwest side of the intersection.

We also dug trenches to install cabling underneath the street that will be protected by red conduits. The cables will connect to the new electric utility pole.

We then poured concrete over the new conduits and ran the cabling through them, moving it from the other side of the street where it was in the way of building the new auxiliary building.

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An auxiliary building is a service building, closed to the public and located between two métro stations, that houses a variety of mechanical and electrical equipment needed for métro operations. This includes ventilation equipment, power supply infrastructure and pumps to remove runoff water. There are currently hundreds of these buildings in the métro network.

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de la Villanelle auxiliary building

The blue line extension project follows in the wake of the Déclaration du gouvernement du Québec et de la Ville de Montréal to revitalize Montréal East. Many projects are underway to give a new impetus to this sector. Increased mobility, economic development, and improved living environments are at the heart of this ambitious project. For more information, see Qué (in French only).

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