Marie-Claude Leroux, Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, who oversees property services at Montreal Port Authority, provided details of the proposed restoration of the Port’s Alexandra Pier and its Iberville Passenger Terminal.
These major works require an investment of $78 million, but will make it possible to return the existing infrastructure to its original use as a passenger terminal by upgrading it to better meet the needs of shipping lines and cruise passengers, who are choosing Montreal as a destination in ever-increasing numbers. These projects will also contribute to improved integration of the terminal and pier into the urban fabric. The winning concept aims to provide a meeting point, a bridge between the city and the river and a welcome to cruise passengers on par with Montreal’s international reputation.
When City of Montreal filed its three-year capital works program for 2015-2017 at the end of October, it indicated its support for this project in the form of a $15-million contribution, which the Port welcomed gracefully.
In the coming months, the Port Authority will work on completing its proposal to finance this major capital expenditure. As well, an information and public consultation process will be set in motion, to ensure that this project will become the pride of all of its stakeholders.