In 2004, a newly formed Interneighbourhood Coalition (CIQ) and the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) signed a Partnership Agreement.
Both parties agreed to work together to maximize the positive effects of the arrival of MUHC’s new Glen Campus hospital in the three neighbourhoods affected, Westmount, Saint-Henri and Notre-Dame-de-Grace (NDG). The new hospital, a merger of three existing hospitals and estimated to cost $1.5B, would be built at the intersection of these three neighbourhoods on an abandoned rail yard.
The agreement sets out an open-ended list of areas of joint concern, including economic development, employment, urban integration, and housing.
Now, with construction underway, the CIQ and the MUHC have agreed on a more elaborate set of goals which expands and details the original agreement.
We present here, in an easy-to-read format, the opportunities, the initiatives and the inspiration for our joint collaboration with the McGill University Health Centre, in our areas of common concern.
We hope that other neighbourhoods and other large-scale project leaders, both in Montreal and in other cities, are inspired by our work and can learn how they too can work together to make a better city.