As of March 11, the Bleury North entrance building of Place-des-Arts station will be temporarily closed due to the start of work on a real estate project by a private developer. The STM will take advantage of the closure to make the station universally accessible by adding three elevators. The station’s other accesses will remain open.
The work performed by the STM will involve:
- Expansion and refurbishment of the entrance building
- Construction of an elevator shaft between the street and fare booth levels
- Installation of equipment required for elevator operation
- Refurbishment of the entrance building’s structural slab and staircases
- Expansion of the station’s underground infrastructure for the installation of two elevators between the mezzanine level and each platform
The reopening of the entrance building and the commissioning of the three elevators are planned for fall 2021.
When it reopens, the entrance building will have been integrated into the new real estate project.
Did you know that…
Originally, Place-des-Arts station had four separate entrance buildings, and three of these have been integrated into buildings.
- The Jeanne-Mance entrance building was covered by the Musée d’art contemporain in 1992.
- The Président-Kennedy entrance building was covered by UQAM’s Pavillon Président-Kennedy in 1998.
- The De Bleury South entrance building was covered by the Louis-Bohème in 2010.
And, now, it’s time for the De Bleury North entrance building to be integrated into a real estate project.
Other accessibility work
The métro network now has 14 accessible stations, and accessibility work is currently underway in Jean-Drapeau, Jean-Talon (Blue line), Viau, Mont-Royal, Berri-UQAM (Green line) and Vendôme stations.
In 2019, elevator installation work will start at Angrignon, Jolicoeur, Préfontaine and Villa-Maria stations.