Office de consultation publique de Montréal

Office de consultation publique de Montréal

October 18, 2006 09:35 ET

OCPM: Public Consultation to be Held on the Establishment of the Centre Hospitalier de l'Universite de Montreal-CHUM

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 18, 2006) - The Office de consultation publique de Montreal (OCPM) is announcing today the details concerning the public consultation on the Centre hospitalier de l'Universite de Montreal (CHUM) establishment project. The CHUM project is a major undertaking which will transform Montreal's downtown sector, especially the area bordering on Sanguinet, Saint-Antoire East, Saint-Denis and Rene-Levesque East.

Given the magnitude of this project, the OCPM will take into account all necessary measures to ensure that the population and interest groups obtain all the information to take part in the process.

The population is therefore invited to view the scale model of the project at the dates and places listed below, between 11 am and 2 pm:

- At the Saint-Luc Pavilion of the CHUM, on November 2nd;

- At the agora of UQAM's Hubert-Aquin Pavilion, on November 3rd; and

- In the main hall of the Complexe Desjardins, on November 6th, 7th and 8th.

On November 6th and 7th, beginning at 7 pm, the Commission will hold public information sessions in the Jeanne-Mance Room of the Hyatt Regency at the Complexe Desjardins. The developer will present his project and will answer questions from the public. Ville de Montreal representatives will also present the projected bylaws allowing construction of the CHUM at 1000 Saint-Denis.

The construction of this hospital in the downtown area creates major concerns which must be answered before proceeding with the bylaw changes allowing its implementation. It is with this in mind that the Commission will hold workshops on November 14th and 15th in the morning, and on November 16th in the evening on the integration of the CHUM in the area, on its leverage effect on the revitalisation of the neighbourhood and nearby areas as well as on the quality of life in the area during and after the construction period. These workshops will all be held at OCPM offices, at 1550 Metcalfe Street, suite 1414. At that time, CHUM officials will be called on to elaborate the nature of the project by chosen themes. In the presence of the promoter and city representatives, experts and resource persons will outline their vision of the project during an exchange and discussion period which should benefit all participants. Opinions, comments and presentations will be heard at the commission offices as of December 11th.

Louise Roy, Chairperson of the Office de consultation publique de Montreal, will chair this commission which also includes two ad hoc OCPM commissioners, Marguerite Bourgeois and Joshua Wolfe. The commission will also benefit from the services of certain specialists who will present further information according to their respective fields of expertise.

Since its creation by amendment to the Ville de Montreal charter in 2002, the OCPM has held about 60 consultations including nearly 250 public sessions with the participation of more than 15,000 citizens. To obtain further information on the Office de consultation publique de Montreal or to get an online or hard copy of the commission report, you may visit the OCPM website at www.ocpm.qc.ca.

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