Final row of townhouses in Ste. Anne’s north sector part of original development plan
By John Jantak
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Mayor Paola Hawa said the vegetation that was removed to allow for the construction of the final row of town houses on Chemin Sainte-Marie will be replaced.
The recent start of construction on the final townhouse condominium units as part of the Terra condo project on Chemin Sainte-Marie in the north sector of Ste. Anne’s prompted one resident to ask why a new row of houses were being built.
The question was submitted before the start of the Monday evening council meeting on April 12 by a resident who also was dismayed that the last grove of trees adjacent to the street would be cut down.
Mayor Paola Hawa said that what may seem like a new addition to the Terra condo project has always been a part of the original plans and that whatever vegetation has been removed to allow for the construction of the new units will be replaced when the building is completed.
“There are only really a couple of trees on Chemin Sainte-Marie,” said Hawa. “The rest is underbrush, not trees. The plan to have the final row built dates back to 2011 so it’s 10 years old. That row has always been in the plan since the very beginning. The plans state that whatever trees and underbrush have been removed will be replaced when the project is over.
Hawa said the city encountered a similar situation when numerous trees were cut down to allow for the construction of the new REM light rail transit terminal nearby. “It’s unfortunate but that’s the way it is,” Hawa told The Journal.
Sunday night garbage collection
Late garbage pickup on Sunday’s evenings at the Schluter Systems facility on Chemin Sainte-Marie prompted the same resident to ask council what they could do to resolve the situation saying the company is violating the city’s noise by-law by collecting garbage after 10 p.m. on a weekend.
“I fully understand that it must be extremely annoying to have them pick up the garbage at 10 o’clock at night on a Sunday,” said Hawa. “It’s absolutely understandable. I wouldn’t like it and I don’t think anyone would like it. We’ll contact Schluter and see what can be done or whether a compromise can be made.”
Administrative support for merchants
The city also announced it is has signed an agreement with PME MTL West-Island that will provide administrative and functional support for the SDC Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue to help struggling merchants and shop owners stay afloat this summer amidst the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s the direct result of the pandemic because now our businesses, including those on our main street, suffered greatly over the past year and most of them had to close or rely just on take-out. One business owner told me that when you rely on website sales and stuff like that, it’s almost like running a parallel business. It’s a lot of work for everybody. These people are trying to survive,” said Hawa.
The city’s aim is to offset the administrative load that many merchants are facing by having a dedicated person fulfill several time-consuming tasks that many shop owners don’t have the time to do, added Hawa.