E-Commerce Place

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E-Commerce Place
Cité du commerce électronique
E-Commerce Place.jpg
General information
Status Complete
Type Office
Location 1350 René Lévesque Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Construction started 2001
Completed 2004
Height
Roof 119 metres (390 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 27
Design and construction
Architect Béïque Legault Thuot
References
[1][2]

E-Commerce Place (French: Cité du commerce électronique) (CCE) is an office complex of two towers located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is located on René-Lévesque Boulevard West between Mountain Street and Lucien L'Allier Street in Downtown Montreal.

It derives its name from the fact that its construction was part of a program grant from the Government of Quebec to promote the development of employment in the field of information technology. The complex provided incentives to firms specializing in electronic commerce.

History[edit]

The Parti Québécois government launched the Cité du Multimédia in June 1998, which was seen as a relative success of job creation despite the progressive scaling down of the program. In its wake, the government launched the E-Commerce in May 2000.

These projects upset members of Montreal real-estate community and some high-tech entrepreneurs because it forced companies to relocate to E-Commerce Place and Cité Multimédia in order to receive tax assistance.[3]

Both programs have also been criticized for promoting the construction of buildings rather than the subsidization of employment and as moving around existing jobs instead of creating new ones.[4]

The grant program was cancelled in 2003 following the election of the Quebec Liberal Party.[3] This led to the cancellation of three other planned phases of the E-Commerce Place complex.

Architecture[edit]

The first tower, located at 1350 René-Lévesque Boulevard West (corner Mountain Street), has 27 floors and was completed in early 2003. Its primary tenant is CGI Group, an Information technology consulting firm.

The second phase tower located at 1360 René Lévesque (corner Lucien L'Allier Street), has 17 floors and was completed in spring 2004. Tenants in the second tower include IBM and CSC.

Between the two towers is a glass enclosed common area with a convenience store and various fast food restaurants.

The building's architects were Béïque Legault Thuot.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ E-Commerce Place at SkyscraperPage
  2. ^ E-Commerce Place at Emporis
  3. ^ a b MacDonald, Don. "Tax credit targeted at boosting e-business". Montreal Gazette (Canwest). Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  4. ^ Dumais, Michel (2003-05-26). "Cité du multimédia/Cité du commerce électronique — Fermons les robinets et repensons la Cité". Le Devoir. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°29′45″N 73°34′20″W / 45.4959°N 73.5722°W / 45.4959; -73.5722