There appears to be a project in the works to do something with the abandoned main terminal at Mirabel airport — which the airport authority has marked for demolition.
A report in the Journal de Montréal Friday suggests there is a movement to save the building, led by former premier Bernard Landry, and a number of elected officials on the north shore — among them, Mirabel mayor Jean Bouchard, who doesn't believe the terminal building is as decrepit as the airport authority says it is.
"We have until September to get going [on this proposal]," Bouchard told the paper. "If Aéroports de Montréal offers it to us for $1, the organization we've created will seriously consider acquiring the building."
He also said in a statement yesterday that "it would be nonsense to dismantle these installations that were erected at the cost of lots of human sacrifice...[involving] the expropriation of hundreds of families in 1975."
Landry is the head of a management firm called SOGEMM, which would like to see the sprawling terminal turned into an international exhibition centre — one which could possibly be used for aviation industry trade shows.
The head of Aéroports de Montréal, James Cherry, says he's heard about the project — just as Aéroports de Montréal has heard of several other proposals since the last passenger flights ended in 2004.
On Thursday, the ADM announced its intention to have the terminal building demolished, once it establishes how much it will cost.