From The Gazette


Pierrefonds heritage home safe after developer drops condo plan

A Montreal builder has withdrawn a development plan that would have meant relocating an 18th century farmhouse in order to build two eight-storey condo towers on the waterfront in Pierrefonds.

Before the borough council meeting Monday night, Ored Vered informed borough officials he planned to draft a new plan for condos on Gouin Blvd. at Aumais St. that would leave Maison Joseph Théorêt, circa 1780, untouched.

“His request (for zoning modifications) never made it to the borough council,” borough spokesperson Bassam Chaarani said on Tuesday.

Vered withdrew the proposal to build two eight-storey condo towers, one on either side of the ancestral farmhouse when he learned that the borough’s planning advisory committee intended to recommend the borough council refuse to grant him the necessary zoning modifications.

According to Chaarani the committee was opposed to the project on the grounds that it called for development twice the maximum allowable height limit for that part of the borough, four storeys.

 And, he said, the committee also wanted to see Maison Théorêt, an unusual semi-detached farmhouse that has been recognized by the city of Montreal’s Conseil de patrimoine preserved in its original location.

In mid-November, between 50 and 70 residents turned up at a planning advisory committee meeting to register their opposition to the development. Increased traffic, declining property values and the loss of Maison Théorêt were among their concerns about the project.

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