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News » Canada » Montréal moves forward with $2.5m restoration of historic farmhouse » published 8 Mar 2018

Montréal moves forward with $2.5m restoration of historic farmhouse

The city of Montréal has secured the funding of CA$2.5m needed for the restoration of Maison Robert-Bélanger and has appointed a designer.

The building at 3900-3902 chemin du Bois-Franc, in the borough of Saint-Laurent, was officially recognized as an historic monument by the Conseil du patrimoine de Montréal in 2009. The stone farmhouse, which has been owned by Ville de Montréal since November 2010, is representative of houses of this type built on the island of Montreal in the early 19th century. It is one of the few remaining houses on the territory and the last of the former Côte Saint-Louis-du-Bois-Franc.

"We're very pleased to now have the funding needed to complete the restoration of Maison Robert-Bélanger, a heritage project that is more important to us than ever, as Saint-Laurent celebrates its 125th anniversary this year,” said  Saint-Laurent Mayor Alan DeSousa. “We've been working on this for several years, because it's a very complex project due to the history of this building, the demands of cultural organizations and the costs involved in such an operation.

The next phase of the project will focus on the professional services entrusted to DFS Inc Architecture & Design. At its monthly general meeting this week, Saint-Laurent's Council agreed to award the company a contract worth CA$514,221.66. The contract, which was awarded following a public call for tenders, includes professional services in architecture, landscape architecture and engineering (electrical, mechanical, structural and civil). It also includes the development of the site's interpretation and commemoration program, as well as the enhancement of Maison Robert-Bélanger.

Preparation of plans and specifications is due for completion by October this year, with the call for construction tenders issued the following moonth and the contract awarded in March 2019. Restoration work is scheduled to take place between March and December 2019.



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This article was published on 8 Mar 2018 (last updated on 8 Mar 2018).

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