Verdun plans to demolish Notre Dame de la Paix church and build school on Nuns’ Island

By Tracey Arial

At a special meeting called last May 16, Verdun councillors voted to begin the process to tear down Verdun’s Notre Dame de la Paix church on 3465 Ethel; 345 Strathmore. They also voted to construct a school at the southwest intersection of boulevards de l’Île des Sœurs and René Lévesque on Nuns’ Island.

The project to demolish the Notre Dame de la Paix Church began when the property was sold last year. A heritage evaluation of the structure was submitted to the city last August by a working group made up of experts from Verdun, the City of Montreal, the potential new property owners and Laurent Messier, who represented Notre Dame de la Trinité, the own-ers of Notre Dame de la Paix. Individuals included; Yves Bonneville, the president of Développement Bonneville; former Verdun Mayor Georges Bossé, who now owns BC2FP Groupe conseil; Philippe Desrosiers and Benoît Malette from Verdun; Anne-Marie Dufour, a City of Montreal architect; Jennifer Ouellet, who works with Montreal’s heritage department and François Racine, an architect with Atelier B.R.I.C.

Verdun councillors requested that Montreal city councillors modify Montreal’s urban plan to remove the Notre Dame de la Paix church from its list of exceptional heritage buildings in Verdun and authorize the demolition and rebuilding on lot 1153010. They also authorized the building of a single family home on part of the property, which will be 3033 Wellington. The resolution was moved by Andrée Champoux and seconded by Paul P. Beaupré.

A second resolution, to request that Montreal city council authorize the construction of the school on Nuns’ Island was moved by Alain Tassé and seconded by Andrée Champoux. To make that possible, the Office de consultation publique de Montréal will have to hold public consultations in June and ask for submissions in July, something it doesn’t usually do.

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