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Peter Black

Local Journalism Initiative reporter

It’s lights out for the huge and controversial Le Phare project at the west end of Boulevard Laurier. Its replacement, revealed last week, is a somewhat scaled-down version, called Humaniti.

The promoters of Le Phare, Groupe Dallaire, will eventually cede ownership of the massive lot of land on Boulevard Laurier, bordered by Avenue Lavigerie and Rue des Châtelets. The developer of the project will be Montreal-based COGIR Immobilier, which is building a project with the same name and concept in downtown Montreal.

The Quebec City version will feature four towers, the tallest being 53 storeys. The largest tower will house 410 rental units and two hotels under different banners, one for short stays and the other for longer stays, with kitchen facilities. There will also be a large amount of commercial and retail floor space in the tallest tower.

The promoters say the three other towers could accommodate between 2,000 and 2,400 residents. The majority of the residential units will be rental, the rest condominiums.

COGIR says it would take eight years to build the entire $775-million development, with groundbreaking projected for the fall of 2021.

The developer clarified at an information session for residents last week that the entire project hinges on connection to the city’s planned tramway system.

COGIR is no stranger to Quebec City, owning 15 commercial or residential properties as well as retirement residences. Overall, the company owns some 225 properties in Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia and the United States.

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