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.