The university is ensuring that all renovations to the chapel on the property reflect current best practices in heritage preservation. In consultation with the Ministère de la culture et des communications, select objects will be transferred to the sisters’ facility in Old Montreal, and a portion of the pews will be moved to St. Joseph’s Oratory. The chapel space will then be converted into approximately 250 new study spaces.
Additionally, more than 300 study spaces will be created outside the chapel, with a portion reserved for students living in the Grey Nuns residence.
A cafeteria will also be provided on site to serve resident students. As well, the main entrance to the residence will be moved from its current location on St-Mathieu Street to the east side of the property on Guy Street.
“The new entrance will decrease traffic and noise from users currently accessing the residence from the St-Mathieu side,” Côté said. “This is something the local residents have requested and which we have been unable to provide until now.”