Demoliton Makes Room for Possible Green Space
Local passersby may have noted the conspicuous absence of the old dilapidated building on the North-West corner of Railroad and Dufferin streets. The building has been neglected for some time and was eventually repossessed by Caisse Desjardins last year due to non-payment of the mortgage.
The Town of Stanstead was approached by the Caisse with the intent of offering the property for purchase to the town. As part of the Stanstead Revitalization Project, the Town agreed to consid- er purchasing the building with both safety and aesthetics in mind. The building in question had fallen into a serious state of disrepair. The town’s inspector deemed it unfit, as the structure was no longer sound. The building also posed a safety hazard by hindering driver visibility on the corner where it rests.
Prior to agreeing to purchase the property however, Stanstead’s general manager, Guillaume Labbé, approached the Quebec Ministry of Transportation to ask them to pay the demolition costs for the property. When the Ministry agreed, the Town purchased the building for
the combined amounts of $15,000 sale price plus the unpaid tax amount of $19,000.
The building was finally torn down last week. Within two days the structure was completely gone. The Town is now looking at possible uses for the property. Mr. Labbé claims one consideration is the creation of a public green space, but the final decision will be decided by the town council sometime before the summer.
Removing last support beam.