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Montreal's Old Berri-UQAM Station Will Be Turned Into A Huge Public Market

This old building is getting a second chance.
Montreal's Old Berri-UQAM Station Will Be Turned Into A Huge Public Market

Here's something that just doesn't happen enough in Montreal. An old empty building is actually being turned into something useful.

If you've walked around downtown this summer, you probably noticed an overabundance of closed and abandoned store fronts. In fact if you walk from the corner of Saint-Laurent and Prince Arthur to Roy (2 blocks) you can count at least 13 empty store fronts.

This was the fate of the old Berri-UQAM station. After laying empty for over 4 years, it really seemed like it was going to stay that way. But it looks like things are about to change.

Le Groupe d'Action Citoyenne Marche Voyageur has some plans for the empty space.

They want to turn into a huge public market. The market would include kiosk that would sell local produce, a solar-powered green house, two aerial gardens as well as a huge public square. The project would cost $25 million dollars and would be completed by 2017.

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