Demolition of old École St.-Jean Baptiste underway with plans to redevelop site

 

 

Ecole building Ecole building2By Ron Giofu

 

The former École St.-Jean Baptiste building on Brock St. is on its way down with the new owners having ideas on what to put on the lands that surround it.

Demolition of the former elementary school should last about one month. The building had been sitting vacant since École St.-Jean Baptiste moved to their new school in 2008.

The building was purchased from the town, which had acquired the building from the French Catholic school board after the school moved to its current Fryer St. location, by a numbered company headed up by Ed Faucher and Lisa Jones.

The sale occurred roughly two months ago. The new owners did not disclose the purchase price.

Faucher said the developable portion would be the former school playground along Richmond St. The portion where the building is will not be developed.

“This has a cemetery underneath it. It’s going to remain as a park,” said Faucher.

Faucher said they are unsure what exactly the development will be, but putting a hotel or condominium is a possibility. He said within a year there could be a new look to the property.

“The rezoning process takes a bit,” he said.

The land is currently zoned institutional.

With the United Communities Credit Union Complex now built and operational, Faucher said that accommodations are limited for when people come in from out-of-town. He added the new development would provide increased income for the town.

Faucher said the demolition process is going slower than usual as work stops if there is activity such as a funeral or a mass at neighbouring St. John the Baptist Church.

“We’ll be working with an archeologist on it when we get down to the slab,” Faucher added, due to the cemetery.

Tearing the building down has another benefit to the town as it removes the graffiti-stained structure from the landscape, he believed.

“It’s just become an eyesore for the town,” said Faucher.

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