When last we checked in on the Tampontreal Ex-Rays plans back in March, would-be Tampa Bay Rays co-owner Stephen Bronfman was focused on a new stadium in Peel Basin that would allow the Rays to play half their home games in Montreal. And now the Peel Basin developer has finally unveiled renderings of its proposed project, and it looks like this:
There’s … no baseball stadium. Unless maybe it’s hiding in the unearthly glow from those apartment buildings? Nope, pretty sure no stadium there.
But that doesn’t mean there couldn’t be a stadium there, Devimco president Serge Goulet told the Canadian Press. He’s still “discussing” the possibility with Bronfman & Co., while also waiting to see if he can get hold of more public land:
In an article published in November 2019, La Presse reported that Claridge and Devimco had sights on some 440,000 square feet belonging to Loto-Québec in the area.
For Goulet, the lands are not necessary for the development of the district as he understands it, “but if a stadium project were added, it would be good to have more surface area.”
Loto-Québec is the public company that runs the province’s lottery, so Goulet is at least hinting that if local officials want a baseball team, they’ll need to turn over some more public land, presumably at a price he’s happy with. Devimco is also squabbling with the city over “accountability rules” regarding the development, as well as adding a light rail station near Peel Basin. (Goulet has offered to pay $25 million toward one, but his lengthy press release avoids mentioning what the total cost would be.) There is a whole lot still to be negotiated here, in other words, before anyone can even start thinking about how much a baseball stadium would cost or how it would be paid for or whether a team playing home games in two different countries even makes any sense.