The headquarters of the Organization of World Heritage Cities will move to Espace 400e
The General Secretariat of the Organization of World Heritage Cities will move to Espace 400e, as will the Office du tourisme de Québec, when the City finally gets its hands on the federal building of the port. But it will be after a new renovation of the premises planned for 2021.
The cession for a symbolic $ 1 of 100, quai Saint-André was celebrated by the City and the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau in the summer of 2019. In fact, the Canadian state still owns it.
“The transaction will be formalized in the coming weeks,” said municipal spokesman David O’Brien to Le Soleil .
A recently released document gives details of the town hall’s design for the 5-storey glass building: “The upper floors will be converted into office space to accommodate the head office of the Office du tourisme de Québec (OTQ) and that of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC). ”
However, this federal legacy of the 400th anniversary of 2008 will have to be arranged before housing the new occupants. “The City is to evaluate the project internally, notes David O’Brien, several stages must be taken once the transaction is completed: plans and specifications, calls for tenders, construction.”
“The project is scheduled to be completed in 2021.”
The use of the rest of the large building of 4115.3 square meters (44,300 square feet) will be clarified by then. In its document, the town hall mentions a “very interesting opportunity” to organize “attractive events for tourists”, very close to cruise ships. “The City therefore offers a new vocation for this building […] for the development of this growing tourism sector. The project consists of welcoming non-profit organizations (NPOs) active in event and tourist animation, so that they can have a permanent place to animate the premises. ”
If the project is carried out as announced, the general secretariat of the Organization of World Heritage Cities will be out for the second time in a few years. At the end of 2017, former city councilor Julie Lemieux went to South Korea to make a first move. The City then suggested that the OWHC leave its premises on avenue Wilfrid-Laurier, near the Plains of Abraham. The accepted proposal: the purchase of 5, rue du Cul-de-Sac in Petit Champlain.
Here that the town hall mentions a new departure towards the quays of the port.
From the borough office
The sixty employees of the Office du tourisme de Québec will arrive from 399 Saint-Joseph Est. This building in the La Cité-Limoilou borough, located in front of the Gabrielle-Roy library, is emptied by the City. The majority of the approximately 250 civil servants and elected officials who work there must settle at the YMCA Saint-Roch on rue du Pont. But not the OTQ which will live in Espace 400 e .
Two sales processes
Recall that the attempts to animate 100, quai Saint-André after the festivities of 2008 had not been crowned with the expected success. The federal government had therefore tried to sell Espace 400 e twice . Unsuccessful attempts, even if it was offered at a friendly price. First valued at $ 10.64 million, it could be acquired for $ 5.5 million. In 2019, the federal government finally decided to give it to Quebec City.
Built in 1984, the building underwent renovations of $ 9 million in 2007, just in time for the 400 th anniversary of the foundation of a permanent French establishment by Samuel de Champlain and his crew.
Espace 400 e is 4204 square meters and has 35 parking spaces.