Lachine residents force referendum on contentious condo project

LACHINE CONDO

Some Lachine residents have won the right to force the borough to hold a referendum on a new condo project that they say is too high and doesn't fit in with the neighbourhood.

Close to 200 residents signed a registry yesterday asking for a referendum. They needed 174 signatures.

The Le Marinier condo building planned in the Old Lachine district will be one floor higher than the three storey building next to it - residents living there are concerned that they will lose their  waterfront views, sunlight, privacy; that the values of their homes will drop; and that this would set a precedent for future housing development since the bylaw states any new housing to be built must not be higher than existing buildings next to the land.

The borough insists that they negotiated for more greenery and to have the building pushed back, adding they did their best to reach a compromise.

The borough could now decide to hold the referendum, to scrap the project or to ask the developers to modify their project.

In an interview with CJAD 800, the mayor said they will likely not hold a referendum and will wait for the developer's next move but she will confirm with her colleagues over the next weeks about the following steps.

Mayor Maja Vodanovic said she's concerned the land will now remain contaminated and vacant.