The purchase of land belonging to the YMCA in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is going ahead and should be approved Monday by the municipal council of the City of Montreal.
The transaction of more than $ 10 million has already been approved unanimously by the borough council of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, last week.
An amendment from city councilor Lionel Perez backed by borough mariasse Sue Montgomery was added requiring the organization to maintain operations for at least seven years.
The price of the land will be assumed by the City of Montreal at a rate of 60%, 8% by the borough and the rest by the Agglomeration of Montreal.
On this new space, the CDN-NDG borough intends to create a public park and build social housing.
“The YMCA is a pillar of our community. It’s more than a gymnasium: it offers important programming for seniors, teens and families. I am delighted that the YMCA is committed to staying in our community for at least 7 years, ”Mayor Sue Montgomery said in a statement on Sunday.
Faced with financial difficulties exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the YMCA was forced to seek help from the authorities.