The City of Montreal has unveiled the winning design for the overhaul of avenue McGill College downtown.

Under the new concept, the wide but little-used street with a spectacular view of McGill University and Mount Royal will transform into "a large green corridor that will become the distinctive element of [an] imposing new public square," according to a statement from the city.

The "large green space [...] will become the symbol of this new Montreal space," Design Montréal said.

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The redevelopment of avenue McGill College square is a major project that will change the image of the downtown core.

Mayor Valérie Plante

This forest, it continued, will "extend the mountain all the way to Place Ville Marie."

Renderings of the winning concept show the scale of the project and its potential to transform the downtown.

The firm civiliti + Mandaworks and SNC-Lavalin are behind the design.

Of course, this transformation isn't the only major change coming to the downtown area. 

"With the redevelopment of rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest and emblematic [plazas] such as Phillips Square, downtown will soon be greener, more pleasant, more resilient and more humane," says Réalisons MTL.

According to a timeline on its website, work on avenue McGill College is set to take place between 2023 and 2024.

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