Jean Talon Market construction costs skyrocket

By Rhonda Massad

The third phase of the construction portion of the Jean Talon Market revitalization project will cost closer to $3.5 million, compared to the initial estimated cost of $ 2.3 million.

As of August 2014, the project was only 50 per cent complete. In Montreal’s agenda of Nov. 12, 2014, item 20.012 requested a expenditure of more than $1.8 million to be awarded to Construction Madux for Phase 3 of the project.

A request to approve an additional expenditure of $70,000 to cover the cost of extra consulting fees with the firms Beaupré Michaud, Dessau and Nicolet Chartrand Knoll for the increased construction has been deferred by Montreal Aggolomeration council for further review.

The major facelift of the market began this fall will included a 10,000 sq.ft. building, restoration of concrete slabs, a terrace and additional underground parking. The project represents the culmination of over a year of reflection and planning with the borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, the Business Development Corporation of Little Italy and SAQ market.

In the summer of 2013, a request to Corporation de gestion des marchés publics de Montréal (CGMPM) came from the SAQ to move to the Jean Talon Market location from its current location on Jean Talon East.

After much consideration of various options in the area, the SAQ sealed a 15-year rental agreement with the Jean Talon Market to rent the new building which will sit in the old parking lot west of market, next to Première Moisson.
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