Vacant old Aylmer home to be demolished for three-storey apartment building
Gatineau has issued a public notice regarding the demolition request for the single-family home located at 21 rue du Patrimoine in Aylmer. Built in 1947, the building was in the city’s Built Heritage Inventory 2008 as being a building of potential heritage interest.
The demolition applicant submitted a heritage value study conducted by a professional which concluded that the building has little to no heritage value. Gatineau’s Urbanism and Sustainable Development service (SUDD) also conducted an analysis which indicated that the building has low heritage value. SUDD recommends the approval of the demolition request.
The building is vacant. Photos of the building indicate that it is in good condition but would require major work on the interior due to non-compliances with building code. The electrical and plumbing also need work. The owner estimated that the restoration would cost $275,000. The building is valued at $63,200, while the land is valued at $118,100.
Owners must submit Preliminary land reuse plans. If the demolition is approved, the plan for the land includes the amalgamation of three lots, 21 and 19 rue du Patrimoine as well as a portion of lot 5,771,412 for a three-storey residential building with mezzanines and underground parking. The building would include between 40 and 45 units.
“The proposed project has been the subject of several consultations with various citizen associations,” said Aylmer Councillor Steven Boivin. “The promoter made several changes to the project in order to achieve a good level of social acceptability. He also called upon an expert in heritage integration. The project complies with our regulations and will include the necessary space for the next actions of our bicycle master plan. I salute the involvement and openness of the associations and the promoter in this file.”
This plan also includes the acquisition of lot 5,771,412, which is owned by Gatineau. The council will have to approve this acquisition if the demolition request is approved. The proposed project will be located in the Symmes Inn protection area, which means it will require a certificate of authorization from the Ministry of Culture and Communication under the Cultural Heritage Act.
The Committee on Demolition Applications will be meeting to review the request at 4:30 pm on May 30 in the Lafontaine Hall on the 1st floor of the Maison du Citoyen at 25 rue Laurier. Any resident who wishes to address the committee must attend the meeting in person.
The original public notice was posted on May 13. Any person who opposes the demolition has 10 days after the publication of the notice to email their reason for opposing to the City Clerk at email@example.com or by mail to City Clerk, Ville de Gatineau, 25 rue Laurier, 5e étage, C.P 1970, Succursale Hull, Gatineau QC J8X 3Y9.
Once a decision is made, any person or corporation whose address is in Gatineau can request a review of the decision by the municipal council. A fee of $122.50 will be required.
Photo Caption: Designs for the project outlined in the Preliminary Land reuse program, a three-storey apartment building with underground parking. View from rue Oscar Guertin.
Photo Credit: Ville de Gatineau