The Canadian government has launched a request for proposals process to revitalize a key slice of Montreal's waterfront, aiming to transform the disused industrial Pointe-du-Moulin area into a mixed-use destination. Owned by Canada Lands Company, a federal Crown corporation, the heritage site's biggest asset is Silo 5, which has become derelict since its closure in the early 1990s. 

Aerial overview of the site, image via Canada Lands Company

All proposals must preserve the heritage value of Silo 5, which is expected to become the centrepiece of a reimagined district of residences, shops, hotels and tourist attractions. Canada Lands Company is also requiring submissions provide public access to the historic building and its conveyers in order to "offer spectacular new views of the city, Mount Royal, the Lachine Canal and the Montérégie."

Silo 5, image by Forum contributor Jasonzed

"The time has come to breathe new life into Silo 5 and Pointe-du-Moulin," said Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and Francophonie. "Today, we are launching the search for a project that reflects Montréal: ambitious, creative and proud of its rich heritage. This project will have a positive impact on the development of the city and improve its tourism offer."

Conceptual rendering of Silo 5, image via Canada Lands Company

An evaluation committee, comprised of experts in the planning and heritage protection fields, will select the proposal that best matches parameters of the project that were determined earlier through a rigorous series of public consultations. 

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