The newly-built intersection at St. Remi and Cabot might not look special but it's the gateway to the future and that future is Gladstone Village.
If optimized, the warehouse-laden area just south of the St. Remi tunnel could be transformed into a dozen residential blocks, returning to a glory it once enjoyed long ago.
The section of Cote St. Paul was, in recent years, almost abandoned to industrial usage, with all sorts of forced demolitions ravaging the area in 1985. Only a smattering of homes and the Ma Tante truckers restaurant are still fighting the good fight.
Since the St. Remi Tunnel was built, southbound motorists would have to go all the way to Church and then double back to get in there.
But a quick turn at Cabot is now possible with the recently-reconfigured roads, so getting into the area has never been easier... so you'll surely start to acquaint yourself with that part of town, take autumn strolls through the area, date a pretty girl from one of those houses and so forth.
The main drag, Gladstone, was initially known as Molson Ave. and saw its name switch somewhere around 1905.
The jewel of the area is the old Gladstone Protestant School, which by rights should be one of at least three protected heritage sites in Cote St. Paul, the other being the Golden Dragon Cafe and the third being the church on Laurendeau.
The school is used as a storage facilty for shipment, having been sold by the PSBGM in 1964.
|The old Gladstone Protestant School|
We've noted previously that nobody famous ever came out of Cote St. Paul but a nurse named Eugenie Germain who purportedly lived on Gladstone gained some reknown for her widely-advertised testimonial to the health benefits of a certain vegetable compound in the 1930s.
So there's that.
I'd say you should buy up a plot of land down there and wait for the offers to come in, as the area will surely be repopulated now that it's far more easily accessed (Pitt is also being joined to Verdun, to make the area doubly easy-to-reach.
Alas nobody is selling any property down there at the moment so it might be difficult to establish your position in the future hipstertastic Gladstone Village.