“Any new building in Pointe-Claire Village must respect its historic and heritage character in order to preserve the Village’s identity and the special interest of the area,” said John Belvedere.
The Pointe Claire Mayor made the announcement at the most recent council meeting about the future of development for Pointe Claire Village.
A draft-bylaw was also introduced to “temporarily suspend all new mixed-use and residential constructions in Pointe-Claire Village in order to improve the rules.”
“This protection of the Village’s identity follows City Council’s decisions for the building of the former restaurant-bar Le Pionnier, which were to approve the demolition of the building but to refuse the project for 4 businesses and 15 condos as presented by a private developer who wants to redevelop the site and part of the adjacent municipal parking lot,” explained city spokesperson Marie-Pier Paquette Seguin.
“City Council ruled that the demolition could not proceed unless an acceptable replacement project is approved.”
“These decisions were taken after hearing and reading the arguments made by several hundred citizens, all of whom are concerned about the future of the Village and together want to preserve its identity,” Belvedere noted.
“The Pointe-Claire Village Special Planning Program was adopted in 2016 after three years of initiatives to make it a prime location where people can live, work, and enjoy themselves, while being an attractive destination for the entire West Island. We must admit that the urban reality has drastically changed in a very short amount of time, and it is now clear that we must make changes and clarifications to our by-laws, especially for the Village core in order to preserve its built heritage.”
Therefore, any proposed development project for the Village “ must reconstitute the two facades of the original hotel that existed in the 20th century as faithfully as possible, including horizontal clapboards and balconies,” noted Paquette-Seguin. “Moreover, the materials used must be high-quality, durable, and visually similar to those used for existing historic buildings in the Village. In addition, the maximum height of any new building cannot exceed the height and volume of the current building. If the building is expanded, the maximum height of the expansion cannot exceed two storeys or two thirds of the total height of the existing building.”
“We would also like to restart partnership processes with the Société pour la Sauvegarde du patrimoine de Pointe-Claire in order to consult with its officers when there is a question of heritage,” said Belvedere.
“All of these changes will be included in order to ensure the integrity of the Village, the quality of life of its residents, harmonious developments, and the prosperity of business owners in a spirit of sustainable development.”
Less than a week following what many describe as an ‘...historic election’, thousands of people joined last Sunday’s anti-racism demonstration that was quickly turned into an anti-CAQ protest following Premier (designate) Francois Legault’s recent proposal to pass a law that bars certain of Québec’s public servants, security officials, and teachers from wearing any kind of religious symbol at work.
‘For me, it’s as much of a right as it is a choice to wear my hijab,’ said UQaM’s Leila Khaled. ‘I don’t believe that any government has the right to oppress its citizens just because of what people might choose to wear to work.’
After at least three to four thousand people came out of the metro in order to join the crowd that gathered in and around the Émilie Gamelin Square near the Berri Metro station, a lot of homemade signs that defined what had become an essentially spontaneous protest against what people described as the racism that defined both Legault and his Coalition Avenir Québec.
Djamillah Haddad — a former Concordia graduate student — joined the protest with her two children because she doesn’t want her country to be torn apart by the same kind of racism that see sees in America.
‘I love this country,’ she said. ‘And I want to have my children see that you sometimes have to show the world that you are ready to stand up for what you believe in....and I believe in this country.’
While protest organizers tried to wind up the crowd, there was none of the tension that usually defines a Montreal protest before it finally begins to make its way down the street. Aside from a few offensive slogans, there was no trouble and police kept their distance during the first of what could be many similar protest marches.