Does ‘silent majority’ in Pointe-Claire approve of condo project?

As the Pioneer bar demolition saga nears its conclusion, the local heritage society is taking its case directly to the citizens of Pointe-Claire.

A drawing of a proposed restored Pioneer building in Pointe-Claire Village. Virtual Visuals

As the Pioneer bar demolition saga nears its conclusion, the local heritage society is taking its case directly to the citizens of Pointe-Claire.

The Pointe-Claire Heritage Preservation Society, or Société pour la Sauvegarde du Patrimoine de Pointe-Claire (SSPPC), recently mailed residents information on the Pioneer bar demolition debate and asked for their opinion through an online survey.

SSPPC president Michel Forest said the idea for a public survey came about after Pointe-Claire Mayor John Belvedere recently told the West Island Gazette the “silent majority” of residents supported the demolition of the landmark bar and a condo replacement project in the heart of the historic Pointe-Claire Village.

“For the SSPPC, this statement is a gratuitous assertion which deserves to be questioned,” Forest said. “In view of the importance of what is at stake and of the level of opposition to the proposed changes that citizens have generated in recent months, such an assumption cannot be left unchallenged.”

The online survey asks citizens which option they prefer for the Pointe-Claire Village.

The Pioneer bar closed for business last year and the building was later sold to a developer. Normand Blouin / The Gazette

Option A: “The demolition of the former Pointe-Claire Hotel/Pionnier and its replacement by a mixed condos and commercial spaces

This option implies: The loss of a 118-year-old building of historical and heritage interest.

— The loss of a municipal parking lot at the core of the village and the relocation of its parking spaces at taxpayers expense.

— The addition of 14 luxury condos and 4 commercial spaces in the village.

— A one-year or more construction project at the heart of the village with accompanying inconveniences.”

Or do citizens prefer Option B?

B) “The restoration project and its reopening to the public as a restaurant/ microbrewery/reception hall. 

This option implies: The survival of a key component of Pointe-Claire Village’s historical character.

— No demolition and no loss of a village core municipal parking.

— The revival of a popular meeting place and tourist attraction in the village.

— A progressive restoration project with fewer inconveniences for the village.”

Forest said the survey results will be compiled and shared with the public by the time the city holds its final appeal meeting of the Pioneer bar demolition at city hall on May 6.

He said the online survey gives the “silent majority” an opportunity to “speak for itself and play a role in the decision-making process that will have decisive impacts on the future of the city.”

The SSPPC also believes the city would have lost decisively if it had submitted the Pioneer demolition project to a public referendum, which it was not obliged to do.

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