MONTREAL – The Negro Community Centre in Little Burgundy has been sold.
Once an important meeting point for Montreal’s black community, the NCC closed in 1993.
There have been numerous efforts to raise money to revive the the centre, located in Little Burgundy, but in July, bankruptcy protection ended and the building went up for sale.
It was sold for $300,000 by trustees Pricewaterhouse Coopers to an undisclosed buyer.
News of the sale came as a surprise to those in the community who wanted to work with the City of Montreal to find a solution for the historic centre.
Founded by railway porters in the 1920s, the building was a gathering centre for little burgundy for 70 years.
The sale is a blow to residents like Keeton Clarke.
“It’s shocking and painful,” he said. “There’s a lot of history, so I think it’s a great loss for the community and for the city of Montreal.”
Members of the Montreal Black Community will meet next week to decide what steps to take next.
© Shaw Media, 2014