De­moli­ton Makes Room for Pos­si­ble Green Space

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Made­line Mul­hol­land Stanstead

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.

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