Two empty houses in Saint-Lazare’s Chaline Valley back on the market
By John Jantak
PHOTO BY RICHARD MEADES
Saint-Lazare council announced the city has accepted a tender for real estate services to sell two city-owned residential properties on Rue Charbonneau that were bought two years ago prior to the landslide stabilization work that took place in Chaline Valley.
The stigma of Chaline Valley being located in a landslide zone is finally being lifted after Saint-Lazare council adopted a resolution during its monthly meeting on July 13 to put two houses on Rue Charbonneau that have sat empty for the past two years up for sale on the residential real estate market.
“These are two homes the town purchased while we were doing all the stabilization work in Chaline Valley,” Mayor Robert Grimaudo told The Journal. “These homes were unlivable while the work was being done because the weeping field for the septic systems had to be taken out so the town had bought the houses.”
‘I’m sure they will sell’
“One of the houses hardly has a backyard but it has steps that lead down to the Quinchien River so it depends on how you look at it. Now we have to do something with these homes. We will be selling them ‘as is.’ To do that, we needed to go to tender because we couldn’t arbitrarily pick a real estate agent,” said Grimaudo.
The applicants for the bid to tender were asked to make a proposal regarding how the houses would be sold, the amount of commission they would charge for the sale and other aspects related to the real estate process. “Based on these proposals we made a decision on whom to award the contract. These houses will go up for sale and I’m sure they will sell. I have no doubt,” Grimaudo said.
Stable after 10 years
The city has spent the past 10 years working on the process to have the hillside surrounding Chaline Valley stabilized. “This was the point of all the work that was done – to eliminate the potential for a landslide in this area. It will be up to the new owners to find a new septic system and install it. The town will not be responsible for any renovations or any money spent after the homes are bought,” said Grimaudo.
The mayor said he’s glad the city will be able to finally close the Chaline Valley file when the two houses are sold. “This was my first file in 2012 and 10 years later with well over $10 million of work and endless meetings with the provincial Ministries of Transport and Public Security. This was huge. It was the largest stabilization project ever seen in Quebec,” added Grimaudo.
New stop sign
Council also announced that a new illuminated stop sign will be installed on the westbound corner of Chemin St. Louis at the intersection of the stretch of road that leads to the on-ramp for Highway 40 east.
“There have been many accidents at this intersection,” said Grimaudo. “What we did last night is to pass a resolution and we finally got permission from the provincial Ministry of Transport (MTQ) to install the new stop sign. I’m hoping the sign which has LED lights will entice people to stop and resolve the issue.”
The city’s initiative was welcomed by District 1 Councillor and mayoral candidate Geneviève Lachance who represents the constituents in the district where the stop sign will be installed.
“I requested that the MTQ look into that intersection two years ago because of its dangerous configuration,” said Lachance. “Now we have an additional safety measure that will be put into place.”