Lachine motherhouse to be converted to subsidized housing

The Sisters of Saint Anne in Lachine have announced that  their 112 year old motherhouse on Provost Street will be converted into a mix of subsidized housing units.

The president of the board of directors tells the Montreal Gazette that the project has been in the planning stages for the past four years but making the most amount of money for the building which sits on 63,000 square metres of land wasn't their priority.

The conversion of the property must still go through various stages of approval including public consultation and zoning changes.

The plans call for construction of  a home on the property where the nuns will live out their days.
The building will eventually be turned over to the city.

The main structure will be converted into apartments while the wings will be renovated and expanded to include one and two bedroom units for seniors above the age of 75 and people living with reduced mobility.

20% of the land will be reserved for a greenspace which the city has agreed to maintain.

The nuns have been in Lachine since 1861.