HEC to add piz­zazz down­town

Re: “St. Patrick’s ‘best-kept se­cret’ may dis­ap­pear” (Mon­treal Gazette, May 14)

Montreal Gazette - - OPINION -

The sale of land be­long­ing to St. Patrick’s Basil­ica to HEC, along with the de­mo­li­tion of ad­di­tional build­ings fronting Beaver Hall Hill, will con­trib­ute to the re­ju­ve­na­tion of this won­der­ful part of town, which now is a hid­den se­cret. The new build­ing would take into ac­count and ren­o­vate the beau­ti­ful park-like steps up to the basil­ica build­ing it­self.

The univer­sity build­ing will house cour­ses for busi­ness peo­ple from the sur­round­ing of­fice tow­ers.

Univer­sité de Mon­tréal is to be con­grat­u­lated for fi­nally ac­knowl­edg­ing where they should be, in down­town Mon­treal.

What is lost? The site now is sel­dom used be­cause it is ugly and full of ran­dom stones that sup­pos­edly have some­thing to do with the foun­da­tion of a build­ing de­mol­ished in the 1970s.

With the new univer­sity build­ing, thou­sands of stu­dents will use the re­main­ing park lead­ing up to St. Patrick’s, bring­ing life to the whole area.

Mon­treal is fi­nally find­ing its piz­zazz again!

Charles Cole, Mon­treal SHARE YOUR VIEWS: let­ters@mon­tre­al­gazette.com

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