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.