Montréal, September 25, 2015 ‒ The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is delighted that McGill University has initiated the public request for proposals process for converting the unused Royal Victoria Hospital buildings.
“This is an important step in expanding McGill University,” said Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. “The Royal Victoria Hospital site has tremendous potential. The buildings are strategically located. The major conversion will help develop a key part of downtown. If we don’t move quickly, the site will deteriorate and restoration costs will skyrocket.”
“The development of universities – which are a driver of our city’s knowledge economy – is a priority for the Board of Trade and the business community,” Michel Leblanc said. “We also support McGill University’s plans. This is why we welcomed the commitment announced by the Government of Quebec at our March Strategic Forum on Major Projects to invest $4 million of the $8 million needed to complete the feasibility studies. Discussions about the future of the former Royal Victoria Hospital buildings have gone on long enough. The time has come to take action, and McGill University’s announcement sends a clear signal that this important site will not be abandoned.”
About the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is made up of over 7,000 members. Its mission is to be the voice of Montréal’s business community and to promote the city’s prosperity. It is involved in key areas of economic development, advocating a philosophy of action based on engagement, credibility, proactivity, collaboration, and innovation. The Board of Trade also offers a range of specialized services to individuals and to businesses of all sizes to support them in their growth at home and abroad.
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Michelle LLambias Meunier
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Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
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