Montreal should soon have its very own Empire State Building-style observatory.
Private developers are planning on a multi-million dollar project to revamp the top floors of Place Ville Marie to turn it into a high-tech observatory.
"I think Montreal deserves to be in the big leagues," said Claude Sirois, executive vice president of Ivanhoé Cambridge, one of the partners in the project which is inspired by such tourist attactions as the observation decks of the Empire State Building and Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center.
Once the playground of restaurant goers and club kids, the old Altitude 737 club/restaurant and surrounding areas will be transformed into a paid tourist attraction that'll include a restaurant, possibly a lounge, heated outdoor terraces, as well as a permanent exhibition on Montreal attractions and history with interactive screens and high-tech telescopes.
"To allow the Montreal people to take back the roof of Montreal and also for the numerous tourists who come to Montreal to have a taste of Montreal," Sirois told CJAD 800 News.
The Bronfman family and its investment arm, Claridge, are among the stakeholders.
Sirois would not confirm the estimated price tag of the project of over $10-million dollars. He is hoping for an opening in June of next year.