Motel Raphael zoning change greenlighted

What was left of the Motel Raphael was heavily damaged by fire on Aug. 10, 2011.
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The derelict Motel Raphael in western NDG is finally one step closer to being razed and becoming a condo development. 

CJAD 800 News has learned that the abandoned eyesore on St. Anne-de-Bellevue West has been cleared for a zoning change which opens the door to the housing development that's been talked about for years.

Côte-des-Neiges-NDG borough mayor Russell Copeman told CJAD 800 News a legal dispute between the land owner and the developer that was blocking the project has since been settled.

"The borough council approved the first stage of a zoning change that would permit a project to be developed on the site of the infamous Motel Raphael," Copeman said.

Council approved the zoning change from commercial to residential. The proposed condo project was contigent on that change.

The building has been sitting empty since closing in 2009, becoming the target of vandals and taggers.

A public consultation is set for March 12. If there's no opposition, council could give the final go ahead in April, paving the way for the demolition of the building and construction of the condo development. The sale of the land also has to be finalized plus upgrades of the sewer and water system.

"I would think that we'll see movement on the site either this summer or this fall and we'll have residential units available to people hopefully next year," Copeman said.

Copeman said part of  council's okay includes a construction deadline to avoid having that property sitting vacant.

"It was the best project that was put forward, it's a good project. There are other steps to follow but we're on the way to demolishing the Motel Raphael and rejuvenating that part of lower NDG," Copeman said.

The developer did not return calls from CJAD 800 News.

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  1. Peter Francis posted on 02/28/2014 04:15 PM
    Does that mean that the "rejuvenat[ion of] that part of lower NDG" will include the return of rue St-Jacques between Petro_Can and MTL-West to civilised condition?
  2. sam1 posted on 02/28/2014 05:42 PM
    why is it always condos? Is there never an apartment building being built anymore? God forbid we don't want to purchase something.
    1. Jerry posted on 03/02/2014 06:40 AM
      @sam1 Because we have 'rent controls' which does not allow the landlord to set the rent to realistic market conditions; as such - investors do not want to pay for a brand new apartment building so they can be told by the 'Nanny state' how to rent their very expensive apartments at slum rates. Got it?
  3. George Grummett posted on 03/01/2014 06:25 PM
    Revenu Quebec offices?
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