April 29, 2016 3:20 pm
Updated: April 29, 2016 5:41 pm

Promise to renovate Mordecai Richler gazebo still unfulfilled

WATCH ABOVE: The Mordecai Richler tribute gazebo was supposed to have been renovated by the end of September, 2015 at a cost of $500,000. Yet, as Global's Billy Shields reports, the project is over budget and grossly behind schedule.


MONTREAL – The Mordecai Richler tribute gazebo on Mount Royal still stands unfinished years after the City of Montreal was slated to finish fixing it.

In 2011, the city named the 90-year-old gazebo after the famous novelist, most famously known for The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and Barney’s Version, who grew up nearby.

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However, since then, the structure has been little more than an octagonal hulk.

The last-known price tag for renovating the gazebo was about $500,000 – but that was in 2015.

Neither city officials, nor Les Amies de la Montagne, would comment on the situation.

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Others have been more vocal.

“I can’t understand what’s taking so long,” said local merchant Jimmy Zoubris, who owns a store on Parc Avenue.

“It’s disrespectful of Richler’s family.”

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