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Saturday, September 30, 2023

Montreal’s Chinatown to obtain Quebec legacy status


Key takeaways: 

  • City to undertake public talks on new construction height density limits.
  • Citizens and business proprietors in Chinatown and Montreal’s Chinese community members have long reached for the area to be assigned a legacy site. 

Montreal’s Chinese legacy site: 

Radio-Canada has discovered that the province will shortly give Montreal’s historic Chinatown legacy status. 

Quebec’s minister of culture and communications, Nathalie Roy, signed a statement of purpose Thursday, saying the government’s intent to give legacy status to the center of the Chinatown sector. 

Citizens and business owners in Chinatown and Montreal’s Chinese community members have long reached for the neighborhood to be assigned a legacy site to protect against overdevelopment and save its historic character. 

Roy is predicted to make the statement Monday morning, alongside Montreal mayor Valérie Plante, Heritage Montreal, and members of a working group comprised of business owners, citizens, and local officials from the Chinatown.

Montreal’s executive committee has also assumed a resolution changing its urbanism plan to maintain Chinatown’s historical characteristics and modify the maximum permitted height and thickness of buildings. 

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Montreal’s Chinatown to obtain Quebec heritage status

Montreal’s public consultation office, the OCPM, will be required to have public consultations on the suggested modifications. 

Two iconic structures to be protected:

According to Radio-Canada, two separate buildings are also ready to obtain heritage status from the region. 

They are the retired S. Davis and Sons factory and the Wing’s Factory, also known as the former British and Canadian School, at De La Gauchetière Street West and Côté Street.

A legacy title would mean that the proprietors of these buildings would have to get permission from the culture minister before finishing any repair work or leveling the buildings. 

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