City Hall to shut down in 2019 for years of renovations
Over the next few years, Montreal's City Hall building will get an extreme makeover.
Starting next year, and continuing through 2022, the building will undergo tens of millions of dollars in renovations to repair a seemingly endless list of issues.
There've been problems with plumbing, ventilation, heating, and air conditioning. Some in the building have complained they aren't able to close their windows properly.
The whole job is expected to cost anywhere from $116 to $140 million. By the time the work is done, the building will have been transformed into a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified building.
The work is beginning now, with the renovation of the Lucien-Saulnier building next door, which will be home to some of City Hall's functions while the work goes on.
Montreal city hall getting ready for its big move next door into the Lucien-Saulnier building. City hall was built btwn 1872-1878 but rebuilt in 1926 after the big 1922 fire. So this old house needs some fixing up. The project that could cost upwards of $140M. #CJAD #polmtl pic.twitter.com/66yb97yrqy— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) May 11, 2018
Big City Hall Makeover begins this spring w/ work in temporary location at Lucien-Saulnier bldg to accommodate 200 elected officials & employees. The Big Move is expected at end of nxt spring.Actual work starts nxt summer for 3 years w/ everyone back summer 2022. #CJAD #polmtl pic.twitter.com/hxXVIYXiG0— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) May 11, 2018
Some behind the scenes at Montréal city hall that'll be fixed up: Accès Montreal services will be moved from here to Place Dupuis and this space will be turned into a citizens' area with exposition space and multipurpose room. #CJAD #polmtl pic.twitter.com/LQbU4BoekK— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) May 11, 2018
Underground garage where elected officials city cars and workers' bikes are parked. They'll be working on the electrical system- three months ago there was an unexplained power outage at city hall. They'll be adding a cloakroom and showers for workers. #CJAD #polmtl pic.twitter.com/dmXwecB2f8— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) May 11, 2018
This balcony where Charles de Gaulle made famous "Vive le Québec libre!" speech will become accessible to the public. Maybe guided tours. New exposition space/ multipurpose room where Accès Montreal office is now. Idea is to make more of city hall open to public. #CJAD #polmtl pic.twitter.com/xYN1uNb4Y7— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) May 11, 2018
City hall building "is not dangerous," says exec committee chairman @benoitdorais but it does need badly needed renovations & will be getting "extreme makeover." They are living w/ things like 92-year-old windows that don't close all the way & blocked water pipes. #CJAD #polmtl pic.twitter.com/mTjaPtCtTB— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) May 11, 2018