Longueuil is submitting a request for financial assistance to the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications to support the restoration of St. Mark’s Church, the Vieux-Presbytère and the Marcel-Robidas building, in arr. of Vieux-Longueuil. For its part, it commits to paying $ 1.5 million over three years.
This request is part of the new municipal real estate support program.
The City agrees to pay $ 500,000 per year for three years, and asks the ministry to pay the same amount.
The work covers the establishment of building health records; archaeological work; and restoration work.
The municipal administration’s request also targets the component providing for an agreement to hire a development agent in real estate.
“The post of heritage development agent will be taken over by the Department of Planning and Town Planning and the grant will be used to pay part of the salary of the architectural consultant for three years and whose mandate is attached,” among other things, at the Longueuil heritage site, ”indicate the City’s documents.
Remember that the City of Longueuil acquired St. Mark’s Church and the parish hall of St. Mark’s Park at a cost of $ 1.4 million in 2019. A technical expertise revealed that the necessary renovations would amount to at least 1.2 million. M $. The technical audit recommended carrying out a detailed environmental study.
At the municipal council meeting on October 20, Councilor Benoît L’Écuyer, who had opposed the purchase of these buildings by the municipality, again questioned whether the City was best placed to protect heritage .
“Am I to understand that one owned heritage buildings without having the necessary expertise to manage and maintain this type of building? And is that why the work on the Marcel-Robidas building is behind schedule? And is it because of this missing resource that maintenance could not be done more regularly in the past? ”
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