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Royalmount mega-mall, unofficially dubbed 'Quinze40', to feature waterpark, outdoor cinema

Commercial real estate developer and manager Carbonleo has unveiled plans for its much-anticipated and controversial mega-mall, slated for the Town of Mount Royal.

Carbonleo unveils $1.7B project for Town of Mount Royal, slated for 232,257 square metre site

The Royalmount centre is slated for the Town of Mount Royal's industrial sector, not far from the De la Savane Metro station. (Carbonleo)

Commercial real estate developer and manager Carbonleo has unveiled plans for its much-anticipated and controversial mega-mall, slated for the Town of Mount Royal.

Up until today, the $1.7 billion dollar centre had been unofficially dubbed the "Quinze40" because it's near where Highway 40 meets Highway 15 and because it's being developed by the same company behind the South Shore's DIX30.

But Carbonleo unveiled today that their latest project would be called the Royalmount centre, because its main entrance will be on Royalmount Avenue.

The mall, not far from the De la Savane Metro station, will take up 232,257 square metres — an area almost the size of Parc La Fontaine.

The massive complex will feature a performing arts space with seating for 3,000 people, a water park, an indoor cinema complex and an outdoor cinema on the green roof. The mall will also house restaurants, terraces, two hotels, an outdoor skating rink and office space.​

Plans for the complex show it being located southwest of the Décarie Interchange, sandwiched between Highway 40 and Highway 15. The project has not yet received zoning approval.

If the project gets the go-ahead from the municipality, construction will begin at the end of 2017, with doors opening in 2021.

Opponents say mall will harm existing businesses 

TMR's mayor, Philippe Roy, has publicly supported the project. However, it has drawn the ire of the city's official opposition, Projet Montréal.

Projet Montréal leader, Luc Ferrandez, said the new complex will harm the environment and create a traffic nightmare. 

"Do we want to develop our city on a human scale, or do we want another project like Dix30/Marineland?" he said. 

Ferrandez is worried the new complex will take business away from commercial streets such as St-Laurent Boulevard, Mont-Royal Avenue, and St-Hubert Street.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and Russell Copeman, the mayor of the borough of Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce have both expressed reservations about the project.

Coderre said on Twitter he would need to hear more about the project's economic impact before giving it his support.

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