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McGill takes steps to convert Royal Victoria Hospital

WATCH ABOVE: McGill University is being praised for trying to save the Royal Victoria Hospital buildings. Global's Tim Sargeant reports.

MONTREAL – McGill University said Thursday that it has taken another step forward in the project to convert the Royal Victoria Hospital.

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The university announced that it’s launching feasibility studies to asses the technical, financial and heritage challenges related to converting the former hospital.

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The studies will cost an estimated $8 million to be financed jointly by the university and the Quebec government.

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McGill has said it hopes to preserve the heritage buildings and add classrooms, research facilities and offices.

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It also hopes to open public pathways to Mount Royal, turn parking lots into green spaces and build a 2,000 seat atrium.