Nuns happy with their former convent
The litmus test of Manoir Stanstead passed with flying colours last Friday as a couple of its former inhabitants, Ursulines from the former convent, made the trip from Magog where they now live to visit a place that they know well. Sister Élisabeth Landry was all smiles as she praised what she had seen. She even went as far as saying: “I agree with what has been said before that those who were educated by us should come to live at the facility.”
If promoter André Fratelli had had all the money
in the world, he could not have had a better spokesperson. The eight million dollar project is now almost completely finished. “We finally can show what it is all about,” Mr. Fratelli said, not missing a chance to talk about its toilets. “People can actually see the apartment that they will live in,” he added. In an interview with the Stanstead Journal, he admitted that the last couple of months have been hectic. “In most of my projects, we usually have a couple of standard apartments, we can build mock-ups as we’ve done here twice and our clients can say, I want this type of apartment on the second floor. Here, not a single apartment, not one is exactly the same. This has created a problem that I did not foresee, people telling us that they cannot make their mind up and will sign a lease when they can see all the apartments!”
One of the things that Mr. Fratelli discovered along the way was how easy it would be for Canadian-born American residents, dual or not, to take advantage of our health and social coverage. “The moment that they have a signed lease, they can get a health insurance card.”
Firemen from Stanstead, on site, pointed out to us that this was one of the best protected facilities that they knew of, sprinklers all over the place.
If Mr. Fratelli was happy, Orford M.n.a. Pierre Reid was relieved and it showed in the relaxed manner that he spoke and mingled with the guests. Education Minister when the Pensionnat des Ursulines, the private school that operated in the facility, closed, he seemed thankful that the almost six year roller coaster ride had finally come to a stop.
Other people were also all smiles, the mayor, Phillipe Dutil, basking not only in the sun coming through the windows of the chapel, but also in having almost twenty million dollars in development coming the way of Stanstead, this year, with the accrued tax base that it represents.
André Fratelli (at left) presented copies of the Ursuline’s book Elles ont tout donné to Orford MNA Pierre Reid and mayor Philippe Dutil, as Sister Élizabeth Landry looked on.
Last Friday’s press conference at the Manoir Stanstead was held in the seniors residence’s beautifully restored chapel.