January 31, 2016 3:28 pm
Updated: January 31, 2016 8:54 pm

Historic library in Montreal getting $17-million makeover

WATCH ABOVE: A $17 million investment will help re-purpose the Saint-Sulpice Library on Saint-Denis Street into an innovation hub.

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MONTREAL – At a news conference Sunday, Mayor Denis Coderre and the province’s culture minister, Hélène David, announced a $17 million investment for the re-purposing of the Saint-Sulpice Library on Saint-Denis Street.

The historic building is over a century old and has sat empty since the  Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) moved to its current location in 2005.

The Incubator, the new name for the proposed project, will house a public library and innovation hub available to artists, and young entrepreneurs.

Activities offered to youth will focus on new technologies such as robotics, 3D printing, video production, music production, sound mixing, electronics and programming.

The City of Montreal and the provincial government are splitting the costs of the renovation, while the BAnQ will be responsible for running the new library.

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