Watch: Pointe-Claire housing development furor
MONTREAL — They say you can’t fight city hall. But in one Pointe-Claire case, perhaps you can.
A group of home owners in Pointe-Claire is rejoicing after a city council demolition committee refused a permit to a developer to tear down a bungalow and replace it with two new homes.
But the residents on Fifth Avenue fear the battle is far from done.
They are worriedthe developer will appeal the decision and push to build two new single family houses to replace the home at 28 Fifth Avenue.
“We’re not stupid and we realize that this isn’t over yet,” Jerry Turner said, who lives just up the street from the house in question.
The existing home sits on two lots of land totalling 11,000 square feet.
The developer has argued that the home has deteriorated beyond repair and needs to be replaced.
But residents on the street told Global News that the proposal to build two new homes would be out of character with the rest of the neighbourhood. They believe that the existing home could be renovated.
“If you want to live in Pointe-Claire and you want the flavour of old Pointe-Claire, then put in something that looks like one of these rag-a-tag houses that we have,” Suzanne Patterson said. She is part of a coalition trying to stop the development of two new homes from being built.
The developer has already torn down other single family homes in Pointe-Claire on dual lots and replaced them with two new houses: one for each property.
But people on Fifth Avenue are trying to stop the growing trend.
The developer has 30 days to appeal the decision.
The final call rests with the entire city council.
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