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The Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM) has rendered its decision to reject the project to expand the Montreal General Hospital (MGH) in a residential building located outside the hospital’s actual property, following an exhaustive study of 25 briefs and oral presentations by citizens and concerned community groups, including Les amis de la montagne.
The OCPM clearly pointed to the resolution adopted by the municipal council on May 20th last, establishing a strict interpretation of the notion of the mountain’s limited capacity to receive new construction, a critical element of the Mont-Royal Protection and Enhancement Plan. The
Executive Committee of the Ville de Montréal heeded this recommendation and rejected the zoning change requested by the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). The Minister of Health declared that the ministry would not intervene in this dossier, which is now closed.
The MGH benefits from its place of privilege within the protected Mont Royal perimeter, adjacent to Mont-Royal Park, which necessarily dictates responsibilities by the owners of this site, recognized as having heritage interest for all of Quebec.
In its brief, Les amis de la montagne underlined the importance of reinforcing the commitment made by the MUHC to plan all of its future development on the Glen site, the location of the MUHC’s super-hospital currently under construction. The brief also stressed that the need for a common vision on the future of all the hospital properties on the southern flank of Mont Royal is still a necessity.
Click on this link to read Les amis de la montagne’s brief (in French).