Old Hudson MédiCentre and adjacent house on Cameron torn down
PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY
It took less than a day to tear down the centre that had served residents for over 35 years.
The former Hudson MédiCentre at 98 Cameron Street, which served local residents from 1965 to early 2011 before being replaced by new premises on Main Road, was demolished this week. And, in an exclusive interview, Mayor Ed Prévost told Your Local Journal November 22, “The plot of land is already sold and will likely be used to build residential condominiums.”
He added that a small home on land adjacent to the centre was demolished a few days earlier after it was deemed to be structurally unsound and a safety hazard.
The land on which the MédiCentre stood and which was sold by the Town of Hudson to Sylvie Rozon in the spring of 2016, has served many purposes over the decades.
First, it was the site of the Hudson Hosiery Company started by a group of local entrepreneurs just before World War II and which, for many years, was the only full-time industry in town until it was destroyed by fire in March, 1965. During its peak years, it employed about 100 local residents.
In 1965, the newly-built MédiCentre opened and would go on to house a pharmacy, a dental clinic, Lab Biron medical library, NOVA Hudson, Physioclinique Hudson, and Sue Arsenault Massage Therapy, all of which relocated to the new Medi-Complex on Main Road built by a group of concerned citizens who believed a better facility would attract new doctors and ensure continuation of medical services in Hudson and the immediate surrounding area.
As for the pharmacy, that became part of Brunet-Plus who are also in the Medi-Complex, while the dental clinic relocated to Vaudreuil-Dorion.
Following their move to the new premises, the Town of Hudson acquired the Cameron property in May 2012 from Norwelhoma Ltd., a locally owned holding company. It paid $200,000 and issued a donation receipt of $250,000 in order to meet market value for the property.
The stated objective of the administration at the time was to use the building to temporarily store archives, recreational items belonging to the town including umbrellas and tables, as well as its Community Patrol and Le Pont/Bridging food bank. The patrol left about two years ago and the food bank, now located in the basement of the Medi-Complex, exited this past summer.
In early 2016, Hudson Town Council officially accepted the highest of two bids for 98 Cameron that had been placed on the market through public tender. One was for $422,000, the other $363,999, with $305,000 having been set as a minimum bid.
At the time, the building was deemed to be dilapidated and reportedly infested with mold.
“What better reason than to believe that new doctors could not be attracted to work there,” said a spokesperson for the centre on Main Road. Hence the new Medi-Complex!”