New church owner woos N.D.G. neighbours by asking for their advice

More than two years after a group of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce homeowners blocked a residential development on the site of a former Anglican church, a new owner has taken a novel approach to try to win over skeptical residents.

Before hiring an architect or submitting plans to the borough for a residential development, lawyer Alain Côté held a public meeting with local residents last month to ascertain what type of residential project they would support.

“We are planning to get input at the front end, instead of at the back end,” Côté said in an interview. “We are going to have a mediator and see if we can come to some sort of consensus.

Some residents voiced disbelief when they learned that Côté and his business partner Christian Guay didn’t have specific plans for the redevelopment of St-Columba Church on N.D.G. Ave. between Hingston and Beaconsfield Aves.

“They don’t believe me that…

Original published: 2018-10-11 10:07:14 Read the full Montreal News here

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