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by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL – The Bell Centre is getting a new neighbor.

On Monday morning, a new condo development was unveiled by the team and its partners, set to be built at the corner of rue de la Montagne and Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montreal, and fittingly named the Tour des Canadiens.

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“It’s exciting for me to be here today for the announcement of a truly exceptional real estate project, not only in its originality but also for its unique location,” explained Canadiens owner and president, Geoff Molson, accompanied by development partners, Canderel, Cadillac Fairview and the Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ.

A total of 534 units will be available for purchase, including five penthouses that will occupy the top floors of the building. Thirty-three floors will be dedicated to other condos. Below the living space, a state-of-the-art sports bar will also welcome residents and visitors to the lobby.

“We’re very excited to play an active role in one of the greatest features of this real estate venture, namely the sports bar complex that will likely be one-of-a-kind and unique across Canada,” mentioned Molson, before adding that residents of the new tower would also have access to certain privileges. “Tour des Canadiens owners will enjoy various advantages directly tied to the Montreal Canadiens and the Bell Centre. Among the benefits, there will be an annual private skating session for condo owners at the Bell Centre.”

Fans who purchased bricks for the Centennial Plaza where the new condo development will be built need not worry. Brick by brick, the Plaza will be carefully removed during construction before being reintegrated into the project after completion – a crucial selling point for Molson.

“When we were initially approached by Cadillac Fairview which owns the land where the Tour des Canadiens will be built, our initial concern was that the project would have to blend in perfectly with the vocation of the Bell Centre and protect the symbol of our fans’ attachment and support,” he stressed. “It is of paramount importance that the thousands of bricks acquired by Canadiens supporters, the sculptures and the memorials and plaques that are now part of our sports culture in Montreal are properly taken care of and carefully stored before they’re redeployed. This is our firm commitment to our fans and the support they have given the club for more than a century.”

The $175 million project will create 1,330 jobs and should take two years to build with construction slated to begin in early 2013.

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