Residents being expropriated say they're shocked

Residents living near May Street in Verdun where homes will be expropriated for the construction of the new Champlain Bridge say they're shocked because they found out about it at the same time as everybody else.

16 homes on May street will be expropriated by July 2015 to make way for a wider highway 15 between the new span and the Atwater exit towards downtown.

Akim Sy has lived in one of the victorian style homes for 27 years.

“Nobody wants to move, everybody wants to stay here but we have no choice.”

Residents living on neighbouring streets say they're anxious to get answers from officials because they were also not made aware that the highway will soon be meters away from their properties.

“We just don’t know what’s going on right now, and because of my old age I don’t know what I will do, I may have to leave,” Jean Fortier, who lives on Jacques Lauzon Street next door, told CJAD.

Transport Canada sent the residents a letter by mail last Wednesday asking them to get in touch. Then, informed them about the expropriation.

The Verdun borough told CJAD the mayor knew about the expropriation since April but was asked to keep it confidential.

South shore MP Hoang Mai says Transport Canada said a year ago that the homes would not be touched.

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