by Kevin Gould
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After years of being left to crumble, the Redpath house has been cleared for demolition by Ville-Marie and will be replaced by a seven-storey condo development.
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Boo! Say NO to condos!
I tend to have that reflex too, but you can’t deny it’s too late for the building. The real shame is that we let such buildings rot – the Lafontaine house on Overdale is another example – until there’s nothing to do but demolish them.
Then what about the space? Few people could afford a single-family dwelling in that location now. Rental apartments might be more civilized, but there you run into the sad fact that nobody wants to build long-term rentals any more – they all want the condo bang for the buck. Rents for brand new flats in that location would be so high that potential tenants would be wealthy enough to buy, anyway.
In other words, I don’t like it either, but I think this outcome was inevitable.
Is there a list somewhere of these interesting abandoned buildings? There are two great buildings next to each other on Esplanade near Mont-Royal ave just in front of Jeanne-Mance park that have been mostly abandoned for years (I saw someone go into the ground floor apartment of the building on the right and there are lights there sometimes). There’s another one on Laval street just south of Des Pins that was boarded up by the city for safety issue and of course there’s the building on the corner of Des Pins and St-Laurent…
I am not aware of any, Carlos. Why not compile one as a Tumblr blog?
Abandoned residential buildings not so much but the Urban Exploration resource does have some pretty detailed listings for notweworthy abandoned sites in Montreal (and elsewhere): http://www.uer.ca/locations/newlist.asp?n=1&statfilter=160&country=Canada&province=Quebec&city=Montreal
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