So now Cazelais Street will not be expropriated, demolished and built over by a remade Turcot Interchange.
If you haven't been following: Montreal's Turcot interchange, an elevated spaghetti of overhead roadways where Highway 20 meets Highway 15 is slated to be redone because the concrete is aging faster than a meth-smoking bottle scavenger. Our provincial transport ubergruppenministry favours a low-lying structure, euphemistically known as an urban boulevard, offering cityfolk their rightful smackdown- comeuppance by having cars right in your face, polluting your front lawn rather than being way overhead out of sight, out of mind.
So the plan would have required demolishing the northern side of Cazelais Street, a stone's throw away from the Home Depot in St. Henry. It's not a posh neighbourhood. A few years ago the $90,000 per triplex standard applied to this street under the shadow of the elevated highway.
Some tenants opposed demolition because they'd get about three months free rent and moving costs but would be otherwise forced to move their Ikea futons to other apartments, this didn't seem like a great deal for them.
But what about the actual owners of the buildings? They had a powerful incentive to have their homes demolished. When the government expropriates a property they usually overpay massively.
The expropriation process starts with the government trying to negotiate a deal. They will usually tell you that the standard is around 2.5 times your municipal evaluation. You can fight it though. One grizzled vet tells me it can go up to three times the market price. It's no cheap affair for a government to expropriate.
These buildings had tentatively slated for demolition:
4839-4843 Cazelais - owned by Gary Venters of Montreal West, the current municipal evaluation from 2007 is $235,4000, so assuming the 2.5 times formula, the owner would get $580,000 from the provincial government to sell this place.
4833-4837 Cazelais, owned by Simeral Inc, evaluated at $172,500 would be in line for. $431,250.
4827-4831, Yasmine Noori - $210,000. (estimated buyout $525,000)
4825 Cazelais, Paul Landriault - $189,400. ($473,500).
4825 Aurelien Goulet - $160,000. ($400,000)
4821 Thomas Peacock - $173,000. ($432,500)
4815-4819 Jeff Usher-Jones - $180,900 - ($452,250)
4809-13 Yapi Investments - $240,000 ($600,000)
4797-4801 Yves Desjardins $256,200. ($641,250)
4791-4795 Pagona Melas $271,000. ($677,500).
4785-4789 Doriano Perrone, $182,000. ($455,000)
4783 Louise Girard $105,200. ($263,000)
4781 Julie Parent, $105,200 ($263,000)
4779 Andree Lebel $105,400. ($263,500)
4773-4777 Gerard Penarroya $292,000. ($730,000)
4767-4771 Martine Tiramani $160,000 ($400,000)
The buyouts would have cost taxpayers an estimated $7,587,750. A hefty payday to be divided unevenly between 16 owners, many of whom bought the buildings for nearly nothing.
Surely the unsentimental side of those owners was praying for the arrival of the bulldozers and ready to buy off the tenants with nice sums of cash.
But alas the heart of Tannery Village - Turcot Village - Northwest St. Henry has not been pulled out of its chest quite yet. The beer bikes will keep rolling and the pit bulls will growl for a few more moons but the landlords will miss a chance at a big payday.