Dorval's town council this week approved a zoning change which would allow a developer build more than 200 condo units on a soccer field on the campus of the soon-to-be-closed Queen of Angels Academy.
And some residents are decrying the face that one of the last greenspaces in their town is set to disappear.
More than three dozen opponents to the zoning change packed a town council meeting Monday. One of them was Peter Guglielmi, who has lived on Tremont Ave., across the street from the field, for 30 years. says. He says he's disappointed with the way the city has moved ahead with the zoning change.
"I was one of the first to build a home here," he says, "When I built the house, it was with the understanding I was [building near] Queen of Angels, which was zoned institutional."
Dorval officials insist there is a pressing need for housing in the town.
The developer's plans have yet to be finalized, and Guglielmi hopes, at the very least, some single family homes will be built to offset the harshness of the condo towers that'll likely be built on the field.
Queen of Angels Academy has occupied the site on Bouchard Blvd. since 1959. The semi-private girls' high school will close its doors at the end of this school year, citing poor finances and declining enrolment.