• Carmen Marie Fabio

Another era over in Île Perrot


PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO

The Town of Île Perrot says goodbye to a building that stood at the corner of Grand and Perrot Boulevards for the past 48 years. A four-story condominium project is planned for the site.

Another change on the Île Perrot landscape is taking place at the corner of Grand and Perrot Boulevards following the demolition of a building that has stood since 1967, constructed originally as a brasserie then in 2010 becoming a short-lived pizza restaurant.

A four-storey condominium project is being planned with commercial space occupying the ground floor and, according to the developer’s website, 17 condos available for sale with underground parking. “The project is currently in pre-sale mode,” said Île Perrot Urban Planning and Environment Director Sébastien Carrière, clarifying that without a commitment from buyers to purchase 20 per cent of the units, the project will not go forth. Special zoning designation was given to allow the structure’s height as the town analyzes the effects on the neighbouring businesses.

“We also put special conditions on the project to allow for possible widening of the road in the future.” Carrière said the town hopes to create a ‘milieu urbain’ where people live within walking distance of the gym, the train station, and take their kids to the nearby daycare centre.” The new project is another in a series of changes for the community over the course of the last three years starting when the Asian food market Fruitique, situated in the former Viau Brothers outlet at the corner of Perrot Boulevard and 7th Avenue, was destroyed by fire May 30, 2012.

The remaining structure was gutted and the lot remains undeveloped green space as the town considers future projects for the space, taking into account citizen feedback. A small strip mall on a neighbouring block at the corner of 8th Avenue was demolished last year and was replaced with a daycare centre around the same time the town saw the addition of a McDonald’s restaurant and a Bank of Montreal at the northeast and southeast corners of Grand and Don Quichotte Boulevards.

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