Sher­brooke seeks to ap­pro­pri­ate Bingo Hall

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS - By Gor­don Lam­bie

The City of Sher­brooke is look­ing to ac­quire the Abé­naquis Bingo Hall on des Abé­naquis street down­town as a part of its plan to reroute Gran­des Fourches Boule­vard and build a new sig­na­ture bridge over the Ma­gog River. The build­ing, lo­cated at 45-55 des Abé­naquis Street, be­tween the train tracks and the Sher­brooke Curl­ing Club, falls within the planned path of the fu­ture Gran­des Fourches Boule­vard and must, there­fore, be re­moved.

“There is a big pro­ject com­ing to that area,” ex­plained Mayor Steve Lussier, who spoke with en­thu­si­asm about the de­vel­op­ments to come while also stat­ing that he prefers to let the city ser­vices carry out their ne­go­ti­a­tions with the busi­ness be­fore com­ment­ing too much on the plan. “For the mo­ment we are in ne­go­ti­a­tions.”

Lussier shared that while there has been no solid date fixed for the start of the work on the in­fra­struc­ture pro­ject, the plan is to start build­ing struc­tures along­side the cur­rent Gran­des-fourches Bridge next sum­mer. The ex­ist­ing bridge, which the Mayor pointed out is crossed by some 10,000 ve­hi­cles each day, will re­main open to cir­cu­la­tion as long as pos­si­ble while the work is done in or­der to avoid traffic de­lays and de­tours.

The news that the Bingo Hall needs to be de­mol­ished made it clear that the city’s out­door venue, Place Nik­i­totek, will also need to be moved. On that front, Lussier said, the city’s re­vi­tal­iza­tion com­mit­tee is look­ing at mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions.

“We have not yet made our choice,” the mayor said, ex­plain­ing that the out­door stage will con­tinue in its cur­rent lo­ca­tion for another sum­mer but will likely be re­lo­cated, at the city’s cost, in time for the sum­mer of 2020

“All op­tions are on the ta­ble,” Lussier said, when asked what lo­ca­tions were be­ing con­sid­ered for the new Nik­i­totek site.

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