(Granby) The idea is not new, but it could well materialize this time. The owner of the former Imperial Tobacco in Granby, Pierre Laflamme, wishes to develop 30 residential lofts in the upper floors of the industrial building centenary. A project that could lead to investment of more than $ three million, he said.
“I look forward to seeing lights in the third, fourth and fifth floors, to see that there is life. This is a project that turns me on. I went there. And I think there are people willing to follow me into the adventure, “said promoter Wednesday, during a guided visit.
The project was proposed more than once in the last 15 years, even before Pierre Laflamme is owner. But he failed for different reasons. Unlike other incarnations of the project, Mr. Laflamme did not wish to sell the lofts, but the rent. He says he is not ready to sell by pieces – at least for now – industrial building for which it was love at first sight, there are six.
And the interest seems to be there for lofts with an area of 750 to 2000 square feet that the developer wishes to develop. Already pre-lease agreements were signed for 10 of the 30 units that will be offered, he said.
Two open days will also be held on 11 and 12 June to confirm this interest reserve and, if possible, other lofts units. Monthly rents range from $ 675 to $ 1,375, depending on the desired area.
Pierre Laflamme wants to first ensure the profitability of the operation before giving the green light to construction Luc Archambault, appointed as general contractor for this project. If all goes as planned, the 48,000 square foot building transformation works will be launched in the fall for delivery of lofts in July 2017. The zoning allows the sector residential homes, said the owner.
Heritage and spirit of the place will also be respected in the development of lofts, says Mr. Laflamme. The imposing beams and western cedar columns, as well as brick walls and high ceilings are here to stay.
Only wood floors will disappear. Because the floors are insulated and soundproof, especially with the addition of a concrete slab at each level. 200 windows of the building will also be replaced. A garage in the basement and underground garage outside is provided for in the plans. Spaces may be reserved by tenants on a monthly pricing.
A common terrace with stunning views of Granby, should also be fitted on the roof.
Some tenants could therefore have a workshop at 164 rue Cowie and live at 166 Cowie Street. Pierre Laflamme wishes in this way create a “living environment” around the former Imperial Tobacco.
According to him, there are no more industrial buildings of its kind that can accommodate residents in the axis Montreal-Sherbrooke. The occupancy rate of the rest of the building, which extends from 160 to 166, rue Cowie and mainly hosts business and professional offices, approaches 100%. It remains a local 2000 square feet for rent, said Pierre Laflamme.