If you have any thoughts on how to utilize the Royal Victoria Hospital site, you may be interested in a meeting Thursday night.
It's an effort to find some kind of consensus before hospital services are transferred to the new MUHC superhospital in a few years.
Speakers at the meeting, which include city councillors and McGill University’s Vice-Principal, will present their visions for the historical property.
There has been talk about turning it into luxury condos but many are against that.
McGill University is also a potential buyer.
The consensus among Les Amis de La Montagne, who’s putting on the meeting, and Heritage Montreal, is that the grounds should remain public.
“McGill is probably more of the kind of institution that provides a solution to the public good, versus condos, in our view though, the grounds should remain public, the site itself, the land, so that people could walk through it freely,” Dinu Bumbaru with Heritage Montreal said.
Les Amis de La Montagne spokesperson Gabrielle Korn, said the move has been planned for 15 years but not much has been done to plan the property's future.
“There needs to be a greater sense of urgency and a greater sense of leadership from the government. It’s urgent now to take action and to find some solutions for these buildings,” she said. Adding that it will take enormous amounts of money to bring the buildings to standards.
The Parti Québécois had set up a committee to create a study on how the site could be used but it hasn't been made public yet.
The meeting is free and open to the public, it will be held between 6-7:30 PM Thursday night at the Smith House on Mount-Royal.
The future of Hotel-Dieu Hospital on St-Urbain will also be discussed.