Dorval is spending about $22,000 to replace a landmark arch that crosses a side street just off Highway 20.
Last week, the city awarded a contract to Nemus, an architectural millwork company, to replace the wooden arch that traverses Elmridge Ave. at the corner of Heron Rd.
The arch, which dates back about 50 years, has heritage value as it was erected along a section of Dorval south of Highway 20 as part of a massive residential development on the former site of the Elmridge golf course that had uprooted and moved to Île-Bizard in the 1950s, said Mayor Edgar Rouleau, pointing out the Sarto Desnoyer Community Centre used to be its club house. The Royal Montreal golf club also relocated from Dorval to Île-Bizard around the same period, Rouleau added.
Dorval doesn’t have that many heritage landmarks, so it was decided to maintain the arch, which identifies with the residential growth of the city, the mayor said.
“They built this as a landmark,” Rouleau said. “It’s a structure that has heritage (value) and that’s why we are repairing it.”
Today, the rotting arch is crumbling and has to be replaced, the mayor said.
“We are going to try and make as identical as the original one,” Rouleau said of the soon-to-be replaced arch.
The arch is on municipally owned land, though Rouleau said he is not sure if the developer had built it and then handed it over to the city.
As the airport in Dorval expanded commercially in the 1950s, the nearby land became more valuable for development, Rouleau said. “So both golf courses moved to Ile-Bizard, which at that time was really probably just farming if you go back 50 years. They sold the land here in Dorval,” he added.