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Montreal’s Chinatown threatened by development to receive heritage status – Montreal – World News in English

The Quebec government is granting heritage status to the core of Montreal’s Chinatown district to protect its historic buildings from redevelopment.

Culture Minister Nathalie Roy made the announcement Monday along with Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante and other municipal and provincial officials.

Roy says the designation requires owners to preserve the historic character of their Chinatown buildings and get approval from the Department of Culture before they can make significant changes.

The province is also granting special protected status to two of Chinatown’s most “iconic” buildings, including a former school building from 1826 that now houses a noodle factory.

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Community leaders have called for years for the city and province to protect the shrinking core of Chinatown, which they say has slowly been transformed by gentrification and development.

Plante says the city will amend its zoning plan to ensure that future development in the downtown neighborhood adheres to specific criteria regarding building height, density and architecture.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

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