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Ste. Anne’s receives subsidy to restore historic Michel-Robillard house


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Ste. Anne de Bellevue has received government subsidies totalling $1 million to preserve the historic former farmhouse to act as an entrance to the planned 17-hectare municipal nature park on Chemin Ste. Marie.

The City of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue has announced that efforts to preserve and restore the Michel-Robillard house may continue after obtaining a subsidy from the provincial Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec Fonds du patrimoine culturel québécois (FPCQ) and a financial contribution from the City of Montreal, for a total amount of $1 million.

“It represents less than half of what it would have cost to build a new soulless chalet,” Mayor Paola Hawa told The Journal. “It’s a win-win for us. It was also part of our contractual agreement with the agglomeration for them to purchase all that green space and all we had to do was have an entrance chalet. I think it’s a pretty good return on our investment for Ste. Anne de Bellevue.”

As reported in The Journal June 11, the former farmhouse will be the cornerstone to the entrance of the newly planned 17-hectare municipal nature park on Chemin Ste. Marie in the north sector of the city.

Great for nature lovers

The mayor said the news is a boon for the residents because of the nature reserve in the area. “It’s wonderful. This has been our priority. It’s fantastic for us and our municipal evaluations. We’re right next to a nature reserve and a train station. What more could you want?” said Hawa.

The nature reserve will also be a boon for the city because when completed, the new REM light rail system will be bringing people from around nearby municipalities to enjoy the city’s scenic wonders in the city’s north sector. “We’re the main entrance and it only took us 12 years to get here,” said Hawa.

The preservation and enhancement of natural environments in the north sector, including the Anse-à-l'Orme Nature Park and its eco-territory, are now integrated into the Grand Parc de l'Ouest, fitting perfectly into the vision that Ste. Anne’s offers a quality living environment for its citizens, as well for residents of the greater Montreal region.

IMAGE COURTESY ANNIES.CA

Annie’s Pub reopens

Annie’s Pub reopened their doors to the public July 15 after they voluntarily shut down operations over the weekend when one of the managers tested positive for COVID-19. The management team made the proactive decision to close temporarily to give all the staff time to get tested and for a professional team to disinfect the restaurant.

In a recent Facebook post, the restaurant announced that all 26 staff members tested negative for COVID-19. They will continue to follow very strict guidelines, including providing a temperature check and questionnaire before every shift for each staff member. The bar area will be used for waiter service only and the public will no longer be allowed to sit at the bar.

Mayor lauds Annie’s rapid response

“I think they did a fantastic job. They acted so responsibly. We’re all new at this and I really commend them on the way they reacted. They came straight out and went public with it. They said what the next steps were going to be and had all their employees tested,” said Hawa.

“They learned from it and from what I know they modified some of the ways they were doing things,” she added. “Hats off to them. A bad thing had to happen for us to learn from it and move forward.”

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