Geoffrion signs; Centennial Plaza bites dust for Habs highrise condo project

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Artist’s impression of the view north from the 30th floor of the Tour des Canadiens.
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Vastly overshadowed in the news of RFA Blake Geoffrion’s one-year, $803,250 two-way contract signed Monday morning was this:

The Canadiens have announced a towering new condominium/sports entertainment skyscraper to be built on the site of the team’s 3-year-old Centennial Plaza.

The plaza, featuring tributes to the history of the team and some 20,000 bricks bought by fans and business, will be no more. The Canadiens state in a release that the bricks will be “reintegrated” into the new project, but details on that are invisible for now.

Also to be repositioned will be the four impressive statues of Habs legends Howie Morenz, Maurice Richard, Jean Béliveau and Guy Lafleur.

Here’s a short promotional video produced by the Canadiens and building partners to introduce the project:

One of the very many bricks that will be relocated from Centennial Plaza:

Below: artist’s rendering of Tour des Canadiens on the site of current Centennial Plaza:

Below: from the pages of The Gazette, Dec. 5, 2008: Henri Richard looks at statue of his brother, Maurice, at the launch of Centennial Plaza on Dec. 4, 2008, and Jean Béliveau is seen with his statue in the plaza that day.

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