Press release: Decision concerning the former Sulpicians' seminary

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Sulpicians’ former philosophy seminary:  Les amis de la montagne are pleased with the Ville de Montréal’s informed decision

Montreal, May 20, 2010 – Les amis de la montagne are pleased with the decision announced today by the Mayor of Montreal and the municipal administration, to ensure the protection of the entire site of the Sulpicians’ former philosophy seminary on Mount Royal by refusing the residential project proposed by Développement Cato.

“Les amis de la montagne consider this decision by the Tremblay administration as proof of a realistic vision for the future of Mount Royal. Our elected officials listened to the concerns of the great majority of Montrealers and analysed the project sufficiently to understand its impact on the heritage of the mountain,” said Mr. Peter A. Howlett, C.M., President of Les amis de la montagne.

“We recommended from the start of this dossier, one of the most controversial in the history of the mountain, that clear and precise regulations be drawn from the Mount Royal Protection and Enhancement Plan to manage all development projects, particularly for institutional properties, within the Mount Royal Historic and Natural District,” added Mr. Howlett.

Les amis de la montagne have always held the position that the residential project submitted by Développement Cato should not have reached the public consultation stage because it did not respect the exceptional site of the former seminary located within the Mount Royal Historic and Natural District, nor the historic, landscape and social values associated with this site and its interests for the community. To be acceptable to Les amis de la montagne, a project on this important site must ensure the protection of all green space and the reuse of the main building and must limit development to the existing built footprint of the site.

Read the release issued by the Ville de Montréal by clicking here (in French).


Gabrielle Korn
Director of Communications
Les amis de la montagne
514 843-8240, ext. 237

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