Helping City Dwellers Age Well At Home

Helping City Dwellers Age Well At Home


Social & Cultural



Helping City Dwellers Age Well At Home

Published on:
January 22, 2019
Event date:
Tuesday, 22 January, 2019 - 18:00

Espace La Traversée and the Bâtir son quartier resource group are partnering with the Quartier de l’Innovation (QI) to carry out a pilot project in a part of Convergence Griffintown (working title), a building that will be transformed into a research and innovation laboratory. Through collaboration with QI partner universities and members from the private and community sectors, the pilot project aims to implement innovative home support solutions based on cutting-edge research and best practices in the field. The goal is to better meet the needs of seniors in the Griffintown area in order to improve their living conditions and help them stay in their homes longer.

The Convergence Griffintown project (working title) will be a new social and community building. It is located at 204 Young Street in Griffintown, at the heart of the QI. It will be the first building specially designed for and dedicated to seniors in the Griffintown area. The stages preceding the construction will be organized during 2019. The project is led by Espace La Traversée, an organization that has developed solid expertise in managing complex real estate projects for people with special needs and seniors. The real estate component (permits, financing, contractors, etc.) is led by Bâtir son quartier.

Would you like to collaborate with us on this project? Please contact Amélie Côté, University Relations and Project Manager, QI (acote [at]

To learn more about the project and its aim, read the details! 

(Crédit photo: Thibault Carron)

The building will offer mixed services to mainly respond to the evolving needs of seniors and other clientele sharing similar needs. With its 19 floors and close to 280 units, it will be structured around four complementary clusters, namely: 1) the Senior Citizens Cluster, with +/- 160 units on 9 floors; 2) the Persons with a Mobility Impairment Cluster, with +/- 50 units on 3 floors; 3) the Small Households and Young Families Cluster, with +/- 60 units on 4 floors; 4) the Community Services Cluster, with 3 floors for non-residential uses, such as a childcare centre (CPE), community offices and spaces, and outreach services.

The building aims to meet the housing needs of seniors in Griffintown. This sector has been transforming and gentrifying since the early 2000s, but lacked a project specifically dedicated to seniors, even though, since 2005, more than 5,000 residential units have been built, 3,000 units are currently under construction and approximately 4,500 are planned.


Helping City Dwellers Age Well At Home