The derelict Motel Raphael in NDG is yet another step closer to demolition, paving the way for a condo development, CJAD 800 News has learned.
Côte-des-Neiges/NDG borough mayor Russell Copeman told CJAD 800 News they've adopted a proposed 170 condo unit project and changed the zoning to accomodate it. The zoning now includes a residential component in addition to the existing industrial and commercial zoning.
"We're very excited," Copeman said.
Copeman said it took a long time to get to this point, in part because of the uncertainty around the Turcot Interchange work and existing exits and heavy traffic from Ste Anne-de-Bellevue Blvd.
"Now with the reconfiguration, the housing units will be a little bit further back from that busy intersection and it just took time to find a developer, we had to analyze the project," Copeman said.
Another criterion includes demolishing the abandoned motel in two years. Copeman said he's had indications from the promoter that it could be done sooner.
But Lorne Miller of developer Construx/Proforma could not offer up a timeline. He told CJAD 800 News they'll probably have more information in September,
Other criteria include: reserving 15% of the units large enough for families; including greenspace and landscaping on the property and other environmental measures such as rainwater recuperation; indoor parking and a five-storey maximum.
The boarded-up and graffiti'd building on Ste. Anne-de-Bellevue Blvd. has been sitting abandoned since the motel closed in 2009.
Miller said he is very happy this phase is done.
And so is Copeman.
"I think the time is well worth it, we need to get the appropriate usage for that site, it's a good project."