Place Stanstead moves to Phase II
(SHQ) through its
To be admissible to this program, the larger community must contribute between 15 and 25 % of the costs, with the remainder coming from a mortgage held by the Place Stanstead Committee.
“About one third of the money we need to raise has been committed, and we have a void of $130,000 now to raise,” explained Victor LaPenna, the president of the
“We’ve applied to the Pacte Rural and we’re waiting to hear about that. We’re a little disappointed with the contribution from the
who gave us
and (l. to $50,000 for Phase I and only $20,000 for Phase II. The $5000 from Pierre Reid’s office was very much appreciated,” added Mr. LaPenna.
All the present units feature good-sized rooms, adapted and wheelchair accessible bathrooms, and many other features such as sliding patio doors that open onto an expanse of lawn and mature trees. “Our resi- dents love all this cupboard space,” said committee member Huguette Grenier as she pointed out the extra cupboard space in one of the apartments, “and two of our apartments are completely wheelchair accessible.” There is also a large hall that residents can use without charge. This hall can also be rented by others, for baby showers and the like, when the residents are not using it. “Everything is just perfect here,” said Gerard Therrien, who used to live in the Rock Island sector but moved to Place Stanstead about four years ago.
The town of Stanstead was the first to support Phase II of the project, donating a parcel of land and providing a tax break. Mayor Dutil has also been helping with the Pacte Rural application. “We’re hoping to raise money from individuals and the supporting towns, and we may have to do some fund-raising events,” admitted Mr. LaPenna.
For more information about this project, contact Victor LaPenna at 819 8762585.
Seen here in front of Place Stanstead are (l. to r. front) Huguette Gagnon, Huguette Grenier, Emery Grenier, r. back) Victor LaPenna, Raymond Lussier, Philippe Grenier and mayor Philippe Dutil.