The federal government will build offices in Old Montreal

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is proposing the construction of an office building on a 20-year coveted lot in Old Montreal near the courthouse.

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Andre Dubuc

Andre Dubuc
The press

The area of ​​the future building will be 13,700 square meters or almost 150,000 square feet.

The Government of Canada acquired the property on May 20, 2020 by paying a price of $7.375 million. The land of 2024 m2 (about 22,000 ft2) belonged to the city of Montreal. The city acquired it in 2001 after an expropriation process. Its value in the municipal register 2000-2022 is 7.594 million.

“Archaeological studies and excavations are currently being carried out on the property at 46 rue Saint-Jacques. The purpose of this work is to know the previous uses of the site and to preserve the artefacts found,” the Public Service informed us.

PSPC will construct, own and manage a new Crown building on the same site. The exact start date of construction works and other details related to the project have not yet been formalized.

Public Services and Procurement Canada

It was impossible to get a response from the city of Montreal before publication.

The Gervaise house once stood on the property, as we learn from the deed of sale. The Government of Canada intends to highlight the archaeological artifacts discovered on site by the city and by itself. The appreciation could take the form of markings on the floor, a reminder of the dimensions of the Gervaise house in a specific room or a room dedicated to history and archaeology, for example a window showing items found on the site and tells her story.

The 2019 federal budget provided funds for the relocation of the Federal Court of Justice, currently located at the corner of McGill and de la Commune streets.

Adventures around the field

Over the years, this wasteland has been the subject of a bribery demand, two canceled tenders, and a devastating report from the Office of the Inspector General in 2014.

The two canceled calls for proposals were in 2005 and the other in 2012. One proponent reportedly received a request for a $100,000 bribe to buy the land in 2005. Also, a rejected proponent, France’s Constructa, is suing the city of Montreal for $8 million.

As of 2015, the property served as a parking lot operated by Stationnement de Montréal.

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