The Government of Québec announces the creation of a committee of experts to advise upon the future of the hospital buildings on Mount Royal


Les amis de la montagne meet the experts who will make recommendations regarding the future of the MUHC and CHUM’s surplus hospital buildings on the mountain.

The Government of Québec announced the creation of a committee of experts on November 12 that will make recommendations regarding the future of the MUHC and CHUM’s surplus hospital buildings on the mountain.

Marie Lessard, professor with the Institut d'urbanisme de l'Université de Montréal and past chairperson of the Conseil du patrimoine de Montréal, was named chair of the committee of experts, and will be joined by Claude Corbo, chairperson of the Table de concertation du Mont-Royal and Cameron Charlebois, specialist in urban development and architecture. The group has been given the mandate to develop appropriate reuse scenarios for the future of these buildings and formulate recommendations to the inter-governmental committee. The group has been asked to consult with interested parties and provide a report by March, 2014.

Guidelines and criteria

Les amis de la montagne will meet with the group of experts on December 3. In light of the recent Mount Royal Summit discussions and after further reflection by the organization, Les amis de la montagne will put the following ideas forward regarding the guidelines and criteria that should be considered by the experts in their analysis:

  • Preserve the heritage character of the hospital buildings and sites,
  • Maintain their community vocation,
  • Maintain public access to the properties,
  • Keep the properties within the public domain.

Exceptional planning measures

The departure of the great hospitals from the flanks of Mount Royal is an imminent reality that requires exceptional planning measures. While Montreal’s private sector alone cannot absorb sites as gigantic as the Royal Victoria and Hôtel-Dieu hospitals, it is clear that the space will need to be occupied by several uses or projects.

The winning conditions to arrive at concrete results will need to include global and integrated planning, the effective mobilisation of interested parties including civil society and the creative forces of the region, exceptional project management measures for the short and medium term, and innovative land policy mechanisms that will allow the maintenance of the public character of the properties, while taking into consideration the economic, urban and heritage, social and community context of the buildings.

You may download the summary of the discussions held during the Mount Royal Summit 2013, available in French, by clicking here: Actes du Sommet du Mont-Royal 2013.

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