April 3, 2019 6:10 pm
Updated: April 3, 2019 6:36 pm

Pointe-Claire community celebrates after city rejects housing project

Pointe-Claire residents were successful in blocking a 20-unit townhouse project and now, it seems more and more citizens are mobilizing to fight City Hall. As Global's Tim Sargeant explains, the citizens hope this recent act will create a precedent to keep other projects from going ahead.

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Mark it up as a victory for residents.

A grassroots movement helped convince Pointe-Claire city council to kill a townhouse project that would have allowed 20 units to be built on the land of a dilapidated, closed strip mall and parking lot known as the Walton project.

The real estate developer will instead have to propose a new plan with 12 single-family detached houses.

“Standing ovation for all and thank you to everyone,” Kathy Gelinas told Global News.

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The long-time resident posted a thank-you sign directed at council for rejecting the proposed project.

READ MORE: Pointe-Claire rejects townhouse project on site of Walton mall

It’s now back to the drawing board for Mondev, the promoter looking to develop the property.

“It will create a precedent,” said Patrick St-Louis, a Pointe-Claire resident.

He says other grassroots movements could learn from a well-organized and managed group of people who are determined to stop a project from going through.

“It was mainly, like, the citizen’s general opposition that made the city step back into the project,” he said.

WATCH: (July, 2018) Future of Pointe-Claire’s Walton Avenue still up in the air

Their efforts, it seems, are paying off.

The Citizens for a Better Dorval Facebook group described it as “Citizen action gets results” in reference to what happened in Pointe-Claire.

Last winter, residents of Senneville also killed a condo project that was slated to be built on some green space. It’s now zoned for single detached family homes.

The Town of Mount-Royal still hasn’t issued housing permits to Carbonleo in the real estate promoter’s efforts to develop a $2-billion project known as Royalmount.

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