Expansion


The post-depression era was an important stage of the Town's evolution. It was at that time when the Town added two important amenities to its already long list of services. First, in response to the recommendations of a special committee, Council approved the construction of a private golf course. It was believed that such a luxury would attract potential buyers, and help bolster what was a small community. The Town Council also decided that the time had finally come to set up a public transportation system, an issue that had been on the table since the Town's conception. On February 4, 1935, the Town of Hampstead reached an agreement with the Montreal Tramways Company. The agreement called for one bus route- costing $0.05 for adults and $0.02 for children -along Queen Mary road, to Snowdon Junction.

The strategy of Council was a sweeping success. The availability of public transit and the attraction of a Golf Course triggered a massive population surge. Between the years 1929 and 1945, the Town's population jumped from 440 to 2,268. In the 11 years following the inauguration of the golf course and implementation of the public transportation system, the Town welcomed 1.386 new residents.

In order to accommodate this trend the Town was, once again, forced to amend some of its building by-laws. In 1939, by-law 90 was passed in order to allow for the construction of duplex housing units along Dufferin Road and MacDonald Road. By 1950, the Queen Victoria Construction Company had built over 150 duplexes along the eastern border of the Town. The Town also approved the construction of apartment blocks along the 52.8-acre stretch of land on Côte St. Luc Road, annexed in 1925.

The intent behind this move was twofold in nature. First, the Town acknowledged the need to provide housing for an ever-expanding population. Apartments and duplexes allowed the Town to maximize its use of some of the land, efficiently increasing its revenue base. Council also believed that these projects could serve as effective buffers against the densely populated and commercial zones along the Town's Montreal frontier. The Town could maintain its Garden City charm even as the City of Montreal continued its process of urbanization.