June 27: Public hearings on the expansion of the Montreal General Hospital
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MONTREAL GENERAL HOSPITAL EXPANSION PROJECT (MUHC)
Image taken from the document "Campus de la Montagne : Projet d’intégration et de développement urbain, proposition révisée, 14 janvier 2011" (CUSM)
In 2008, the McGill University Hospital Centre (MUHC) obtained authorization from the Ville de Montréal to proceed with a significant expansion of the Montreal General Hospital (MGH) located within the protected territory of Mount Royal, a project that was never realized. Barely three years later, a new expansion project has been submitted by the MUHC and is currently under review by the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM).
The new expansion project includes, but is not limited to, the construction of a four-storey building and a semi-underground parking lot with 230 spaces on the actual site of the MGH, as well as the integration of the neighbouring residential building located at 1750 Avenue Cedar into the hospital centre. The project derogates from urban planning regulations of the Ville-Marie borough and Montreal’s Urban Plan with regards to land use, height limits and density. Derogations are also required at the level of the Specific Plan adopted by the borough council concerning the building at 1750 Avenue Cedar, with respect to volume, building line setbacks and materials.
Les amis de la montagne have been involved for many years in discussions concerning the reorganization of the MUHC. The sheer number of modifications to the reorganization plan since 2000 leaves no question that further discussions are required before decisions are taken. On the one hand, new construction projects are being envisaged within the Mount Royal protected territory, while on the other, the future of the buildings of the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Shriner’s Hospital for Children is unknown, which is also true for the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital.
Over the last three years, protection measures for the mountain territory have become more defined thanks largely to the adoption of the Mount Royal Protection and Enhancement Plan by the Ville de Montréal. Nonetheless, Les amis de la montagne continue to deplore the absence of a wider vision for this problematic area of the south-western flank of the mountain.
The deadline to register to submit and/or present a position paper to the OCPM is today, June 22nd at 4 p.m., while the deadline to submit position papers by registered individuals or groups is Monday, June 27 at noon. Les amis de la montagne are scheduled to present their position paper at the hearings at 7 p.m. on June 27 at the offices of the OCPM.