Compton getting condos
Several municipalities in this region of the Eastern Townships have attracted condominium developers lately, and the town of Compton is one of them. Montreal developers have bought the property of the former King’s Hall and plan to construct, eventually, 316 condominiums on the site.
A public consultation meeting will be held on January 27th, 7:00 pm, at the Compton Town Hall, during which residents and organizations can learn more about the project and ask questions. In the next few weeks, the land will be studied, surveyed, and trees will be cut.
The developers would like to build seventy-two condominiums this year, the number of units that the town’s infrastructure would be able to support. If all goes as planned, next year an additional seventy-two units would be built.
“This development is welcome and it will bring new tax revenues,” said Compton mayor Bernard Vanasse. Since the development will be on private land, the developer will pay for the new streets and the infrastructure to support the condominiums which will be built around the large lot and not inside the former hotel building. “The promoters plan to get King’s Hall up and running in the third phase of the project,” added Mr. Vanasse. The King’s Hall was built in 1874, then re-named Domaine St-Laurent when it was converted into a hotel in 1981. That hotel closed in 2002 and it has been empty ever since.
When asked if he knew who would be buying the condominiums, Mr. Vanasse replied: “I know that it has become very expensive to develop north of Montreal and that is why the promoters are starting to look to the Eastern Townships, but I expect they will target populations all around.”
Residents are concerned about another project in the town: the proposed building of a biomethanation plant in the former Les Arbrisseaux school situated on route 147. That building was bought in November, 2014, by Montreal businessmen and is now owned by AgriBioKem Technologies, a company which was incorporated just after the sale, also in November. Biomethanation is a way of decomposing biodegradable matter, using anaerobic micro-organisms in an anoxic environment, to create valuable by-products such as fertilizer and to create energy. The land in question is presently zoned green and would require re-zoning for a facility of this type.