As CJAD 800 News first reported last week, the old Motel Raphael site in NDG is one step closer to demolition to make way for a condo project.
But it's still not clear when all that will happen.
Côte-des-Neiges/NDG borough mayor Russell Copeman told CJAD 800 News he was hopeful that after public consultations next week and other steps, the project including demolition could finally get off the ground this year, with units ready next year.
Lorne Miller of condo developer Construx/Proform would only say that it's up to the city to approve the project and rezoning and when that's done, they'll be able to comment on the schedule, adding "it's still to be determined."
Miller would not do a pre-taped interview with CJAD 800 News but said they are happy with the borough's decision to finally greenlight the process for the zoning change for the site.
Miller said a road reconfiguration in the area stemming from the Turcot Interchange revamp project made it necessary to change the zoning from commercial to residential. The project calls for 170 new condos.
"We're pleased we're nearing the end of a lengthy process to rezone the property," Miller said.
The boarded-up and graffiti'd building on Ste. Anne-de-Belleview Blvd. has been sitting abandoned since the motel closed in 2009.