Former resto-bar Le Pionnier – Court upholds City’s decision to demolish and build new mixed-use real-estate project
The Superior Court of Québec rendered a judgment this afternoon upholding City Council’s decision to approve demolition of former resto-bar Le Pionnier and allow construction of a mixed-use commercial and residential building in the heart of the Pointe-Claire Village.
“This real-estate project is in line with the Pointe-Claire Village Special Planning Program adopted in 2016, aimed at promoting its revitalization,” the mayor of Pointe-Claire, John Belvedere, said in reaction to the favourable verdict.
For the past few months now, the topic of the former resto-bar Le Pionnier has stirred up strong emotions from a group of citizens who are opposed to it. The City has respected the legal process and even agreed to a safeguard order to preserve the current building until the Courts provide a ruling.
“It is important for us to make sure collective interests are protected; and this is what we have done, with complete transparency and respect for those involved, whether they are in favour of the project or not,” the mayor added.
The case was heard less than six months after the application was filed with the Superior Court last May, notably thanks to the agreement allowing for a safeguard order to be issued for the building.
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