Islamic cultural centre update
By John Jantak
THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO/JOHN JANTAK
Plans by the city’s Islamic cultural centre to relocate from its current premises on Harwood Blvd. to the former Sunny’s Bar and Restaurant at the northeast corner of St. Antoine and Rue Chicoine have been scrapped, it was announced at the Monday evening council meeting.
The cancellation of the project comes almost one month after the city opened a registry to determine whether a referendum would be held on the issue. A minimum of 59 signatures were required for a referendum to proceed but 157 area residents who opposed the project signed the registry. The decision not to proceed with the project means a referendum will not be held.
Representatives from the centre will continue to look at other possible venues for a new location. “I still feel this spot was the best choice for the new cultural centre,” said Mayor Guy Pilon.