“La Rose des Vents” Student Housing: An Affordable, Green Building
There is a blatant need for affordable student housing in East Montreal. This led to the idea of partnering with UTILE (Unité de travail pour l’implantation de logement étudiant), an innovative social economy business dedicated to developing, analyzing and promoting student housing in Quebec.
In this picture, from left to right: Sandrine Dufault, UTILE Project Director, Christian Yaccarini, CEO of the SDA, Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal, Laurent Levesque, Co-Founder and Executive Director of UTILE and Steven Guilbault, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
The project was made possible thanks to the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, under the Government of Canada's National Housing Strategy. The City of Montreal is also contributing to the project, to the tune of a $4.3 million. The two other financial partners are the Chantier d’économie sociale Trust and the Réseau d'investissement social du Québec.
The building will include 123 units at below private-market prices and will offer studios and 2-bedroom apartments, including several with universal accessibility. Priority will be given to students in Montreal.
La Rose des Vents is a 60,000+ square-foot building that is aiming to get LEED Platinum environmental certification. Located in the Angus eco-district and connected to an energy looping system, the building overlooks a pedestrian road and is near an urban forest. The units will also benefit from its high-performance, energy-efficient building envelope. The building will reduce energy consumption by 41.7% and greenhouse-gas emissions by 56% relative to National Energy Code standards.
UTILE co-founder and executive director, Laurent Levesque explains: “UTILE has shown that we can develop ambitious, affordable, sustainable projects that improve access to housing and quality of life for students.”
“This collaboration with the UTILE team marks an important milestone in residential housing development at Angus. With its family-friendly, affordable units, local businesses and community and business services, the arrival of students in this on-site residential project will only serve to bolster its attractive diversity and bring another layer of prosperity to this inclusive first-of-its-kind district in Montreal," added Christian Yaccarini, CEO of the Société de développement Angus.