Six years after a ground-breaking ceremony for a youth centre in Beaconsfield, a pair of buildings sit abandoned with no sign of activity on Elm Avenue.
The centre was supposed to have opened as early as 2015 to house at-risk youths and young offenders but the organization that runs the Batshaw facilities still can’t confirm when construction will resume nor when the buildings will open to adolescents.
In an email to Global News, the regional health and social services authority known as the CIUSSS (Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal), confirmed on Thursday there are funds available to finish the construction.
“We are in the planning phase,” it said. “It is premature at this time to announce an official date of completion of the project.”
Georges Bourelle, the mayor of Beaconsfield, says there is “frustration and disappointment” over the delays as the two buildings remain behind a locked fence in the area.
“We would have liked seeing the project completed,” he said.
In 2017, the media relations team for the CIUSSS told Global News that the facilities would open the following year, in 2018, but that hasn’t happened.
On Thursday, Bourelle said he was told by CIUSSS the construction will resume and the buildings will open by fall 2020. The regional health authority did not provide a completion date to Global News.
“It’s taken way too long,” said Bourelle. “But at least now looking forward we’re confident, that based on the information we’re getting, that it’s going to be completed.”
The Quebec government was not available to comment on the delays or when construction would resume.