QUÉBEC CITY, Dec. 12, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Fonds immobilier de
solidarité FTQ, owner of Place Québec through Société en commandite 880
HonoréMercier, inaugurated the new spaces at 900 René-Lévesque Est, as
well as the new colline Parlementaire heated bus station completed in
collaboration with the Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC).
When the Centre des congrès de Québec announced an expansion in 2011 and
acquired part of the Place Québec shopping mall, extensive renovation
and modernization work was carried out over a 16-month period both in
the building at 900 René-Lévesque and in the shopping mall. The
electrical room and telecommunications equipment were replaced, while
the escalators, main entrance, food court and entrances to the Delta
Hotel and the Marie-Guyard building were modernized. At the same time,
the RTC transformed the old bus shelter into a state-of-the-art
station, offering commuters more comfortable, heated, modern facilities
equipped with WiFi access.
"We just finished extensive work, mainly in the underground portion of
the building at 900 René-Lévesque, which may have caused users and
workers inconvenience due to the closure of some access points. So,
today, we would like to thank the general public for their patience and
cooperation during this time. We're very proud of the end result, a
building that is now modern and up-to-date. We wanted to encourage
public transit by providing a new, heated bus station where it will be
much more comfortable to wait for a bus," said the Fonds immobilier's
President and CEO Normand Bélanger.
For his part, Rémy Normand, the newly appointed president of the RTC, is
very pleased with the support provided by the Fonds immobilier to
develop public transit. "It takes much more than efficient bus service
to make public transit appealing. You need modern infrastructures that
are well-equipped and comfortable. Companies that make it easier for
employees or customers to use public transit are increasingly finding
that it gives them an edge in a competitive market," said Mr. Normand.
Space for rent
New mall tenants include La Prep restaurant, scheduled to open its doors
in spring 2014, and the Le Comptoir banner, which will have a
convenience store and dry cleaning and alteration services. Some
strategically-located commercial space is still available for rent. The
new tenants will be announced in the months ahead.
About the Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ
Created in 1991 by the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, the Fonds immobilier de
solidarité FTQ promotes economic growth and employment in Québec by
strategically investing in profitable and socially responsible real
estate projects, in partnership with other industry leaders. Over the
last 20 years, the Fonds immobilier has invested upwards of $1 billion
in 300 such projects, creating and preserving some 26,300 in Québec.
For more information, visit www.fondsimmobilierftq.com.
Image with caption: "Rémy Normand, RTC President, and Normand Bélanger, President and CEO of the Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ. Photo : Gabriel Rancourt (CNW Group/Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131212_C9905_PHOTO_EN_34918.jpg
SOURCE: Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ
For further information:
Information for journalists:
Josée Lagacé, Director, Communications and Marketing
Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ
Tel.: 514 847-5710
Mobile: 514 707-5180
Julie Drolet, Head of Communications and Public Affairs
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Réseau de transport de la Capitale
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