Church may become flats or old folks’ home
The Catholic diocese is considering turning a massive Hochelaga church into either cheap housing or an old folks’ home, and dismantling its huge Casavant organ which many people hoped to keep in the building for future concerts.
I see one big flaw here: a church is a tricky kind of building to turn into apartments. It took a long time and a lot of money to turn Saint-Jean-de-la-Croix (at the corner of Saint-Zotique and Saint-Laurent) into a condo building. The resulting flats were clearly never going to be cheap. So I think it’s disingenuous for the Catholics to pretend they’re making a charitable gift. If that church becomes apartments, they’ll be luxury ones – especially given that it’s been closed because the structure is becoming unsafe. Much more expensive than building from scratch.
Maybe it’s time to talk about taking some of these churches down?