Press release: Surplus buildings of the MUHC and the CHUM
2013-06-19

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Surplus buildings of the MUHC and the CHUM: Les amis de la montagne are pleased with the creation of an inter-ministerial committee

Montreal, June 19, 2013
– Less than two weeks after the Mount Royal Summit 2013 in Montreal, Les amis de la montagne welcomed the announcement made today by the Quebec Government to create an inter-ministerial committee to study the reuse of the soon-to-become surplus buildings of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) on Mount Royal.

Held on June 7 last, the Mount Royal Summit 2013 gathered more than 175 representatives of the community, institutions and various levels of municipal and provincial government to discuss the priority protection challenges for Mount Royal. The debate on the future of the great institutions located on the territory of Mount Royal was of foremost importance.

“During the discussions on the future of the great institutional properties on Mount Royal, panelists agreed that the solution to finding a new vocation for the surplus buildings lies in the development of a master plan created with the participation of all stakeholders,” said Peter A. Howlett, C.M., president of Les amis de la montagne. “The creation of an inter-ministerial committee that includes the Ville de Montréal and that will mandate a group of experts from a variety of fields to solicit and gather public opinions and to proceed with consultations is very good news for Mount Royal and Montreal. Ministers Hébert, Lisée and Kotto can count upon the full collaboration of Les amis de la montagne in order to define the principles and orientations of these heritage buildings’ new vocation to ensure that our actions are in the public interest.”

During the Summit, panelists underlined that the solution to the reuse of the buildings will likely combine a variety of uses. Many potential uses for these buildings exist; collaboration between public and private entities is essential in order to arrive at a financial and social return for the long term.

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Source and information:
Gabrielle Korn
Director of Communications
Les amis de la montagne

 

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