It has been a rotting shell of cinematic and theatrical memories for years.

But on Tuesday, the city's consultation office is opening its ears to the public about the redevelopment of the area surrounding the old Seville Theatre.

The plan is to demolish a handful of buildings on the north side of Ste. Catherine Street between Chomedey and Lamber-Closse streets.

The buildings, which are now vacant, will be replaced with buildings large enough to house 1155 student rooms, plus other spaces for recreation, administrative and community use.

There will be five buildings: Three buildings with 25 floors each; one building with 10 floors and another with seven floors.

Although the plan will require modifications to an urban planning bylaw, city council gave the consultation office the go-ahead to pursue redevelopment consultations.

There will be two public consultations.

The first will be on April 7 at 7 p.m. at the offices of the Office de consultation publique de Montreal. The city will present information as will the developer, and then they will take questions from the public.

The second will be the presentation of briefs, and that will take place on Tuesday Apr. 28 at 7 p.m. also at the OCPM's offices.

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