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With Pierrefonds real estate deal in limbo, Chez Paul’s to stay open

Established Pierrefonds watering hole not closing as planned
WATCH: Bar Chez Paul, which was slated to close in May, is staying open. The bar owners were in talks with a developer to sell the land but that transaction has yet to go through. As Global's Billy Shields reports, the province's new flood zone map could be to blame.​

In March, the popular Pierrefonds bar Chez Paul announced it would close in May after its owner agreed to sell the land to developer Groupe Sélection.

Recently, though, on its Facebook page, the watering hole revealed it is staying open “for a long time” after all. The bar’s owner would not comment on what caused the change. A spokesperson for Groupe Sélection told Global News in a telephone interview “the land is not ours yet.”

According to Pierrefonds Mayor Jim Beis, the borough had to pull the construction permit for the retirement home after the provincial government revealed new flood maps recently delineating areas where construction could and could not occur.

“Now, with this new flood map, and with the flooding of 2019, will the… floodplain change,” Beis said.

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For patrons of the bar, the news is good and some told Global News they were happy the bar will stay.

So far as the future goes, Beis said it will be difficult to know how future projects will be developed — as changing flood maps are creating literal lines in water.

READ MORE: After 60 years, Bar Salon Chez Paul in Pierrefonds is closing its doors