From The Gazette


Developer sent back to drawing board a second time

  • Maison Theoret
    Maison Theoret
    Photo credit: Graham Hughes, The Gazette

A Montreal developer has been asked to redraw plans for a six-storey condominium complex he has proposed building alongside the Maison Joseph Théorêt, an 18th-century heritage farmhouse on Gouin Blvd.

Last week, the Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough council refused to grant zoning modifications that would have allowed the developer, Oren Vered, to move forward with a plan to build a 125-unit condo complex on Gouin Blvd. at Aumais St.

Bassam Chaarani, a borough spokesman, said council was acting on recommendations from its urban planning advisory committee

But, Chaarani added, those recommendations are not public.

Chaarani said the borough would be sending a letter to the developer, outlining the various issues the city has with the proposed development. He said those details were also private.

The back river development plan was the second to be proposed by the Vered Group since November. The initial project entailed relocating the Maison Théorêt, circa 1780, and constructing two eight-storey condo towers on either side of it.

The property has a clear view of the back river and Île Ménard because it is located on the south side of Gouin Blvd. and Parc Ménard is directly across the street.

Pierrefonds residents have been following the development closely.

Michel Désilets, who lives nearby, said he attended the Feb. 4 council meeting but was disappointed when the issue never came up. He said he would have liked to have heard what the borough’s urban planning advisory committee’s reservations were about the project.

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