Montreal Municipal Court Being Moved from Verdun to LaSalle
Unless LaSalle residents choose to ask for a referendum on the project, the municipal court will be moved from Verdun to LaSalle sometime in the next five years.
“I understand that the building they’re in now is not big enough,” said LaSalle Mayor Manon Barbe during the consultation about the project last Monday. “This is a win for our merchants. People will eat lunch and shop in the neighbourhood before and after their court dates.”
The southern sector of the city is currently served at Verdun City Hall, which is right next to the Verdun metro station. If a resolution to change the zoning and modify the building at 7777, boulevard Newman in LaSalle is accepted, a new structure will be built onto the west end of the Buffet Bella Vista Reception Hall between Thierry and Lapierre next to Le Skratch. The closest metro station is the one at Angrignon, a 15-minute bus ride away.
Three contentious questions were asked during the consultation evening and the council meeting that followed, during which the second reading of the project took place.
The first of these was whether the project went through a bidding process before a new location was selected. Mayor Barbe mentioned that the project was negotiated by Montreal, which did not need to follow such a process in this case.
The second question concerned the owner of the building. According to the tax role, the entire building from 7770 to 7800 Newman on lot 1725359 is owned by a numbered company, 4166035 Canada Inc. That company is a real estate holding company run out of Hampstead and operated by Jaime Roskies, Arie Koifman and Edward Goldberg. During the consultation, however, Mayor Barbe mentioned that the developer behind the project is Gino Melatti Construction, a firm that began in LaSalle in 1964 and which still operates out of 7717 Newman. The company is behind some of the largest high-rises in the borough, including Tours Alta, Alba and Alfa. Dany Melato Inc. also operates from the same address, which is next door to this newest project.
The third question concerned the process surrounding consultations for projects that are subject to citizen referendum, as this one is. Sonja Susnjar read Barbe a clause from the act governing changes to zoning bylaws that she said required boroughs to specify whether and how citizens should be informed about their rights to ask for a referendum.
“We’ll look into it, but when citizens seem to be unconcerned about a project, as they were this evening, we don’t think it’s necessary to go into all that,” responded Barbe. “Of course, we will publish a notice including all the information necessary, as we’ve always done.”
Citizens who want a referendum on the issue had seven days following the public announcement to submit signatures from people who live in the surrounding neighbourhoods. The due date was last Friday. No signatures were submitted.
Note: A version of this article appeared on p11 of the City Edition of the Suburban on Wednesday, February 13.
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