SEPT-ÎLES | A house, a garage and a large boat have been abandoned since six years ago on a private land sector of the beaches, the Seven Islands are regularly visited by squatters.
The City of Sept-Îles requires the demolition of the house considered to be dilapidated and dangerous. The owner, however, a little bit of time before the big cleaning that is required.
The residence hidden in the wood is regularly visited by individuals who consume including cannabis. Traces of break-ins are visible everywhere, both in the residence and in the garage on the boat around 20 metres in length which is located nearby.
In the face of these repeated visits, and the approach undertaken by the City, the owner Régis Bouchard did ask, on Monday, the plywood on all windows. He has recently learned that the City of Sept-Îles, which has received many complaints, has commissioned a firm of lawyer to force him to destroy these buildings, what he hesitates to do in order to maintain its vested rights. Régis Bouchard considers it premature and caused by a misunderstanding with the City.
“It is the events that make the boat, the home and the garage remained, unfortunately, on the website. I am sorry for the inconvenience that it causes to the neighbors,” he told TVA News.
Régis Bouchard, acquired the lands of the estate of Frank Ferguson, who died in 2014. This man was well-known in the city for having built a massive boat over a period of 30 years. It has never been put in water.
Régis Bouchard has put the hand on the site to demolish the buildings and build a new house nearby. He had not considered the presence of a water course which made this project impossible, considering the margins to be respected. He wishes to acquire the neighbouring land belonging to the City to be able to move forward with a new construction.
“The matter should be regularised soon. We will be able to proceed with the demolition of the garage and the building if we can buy the land back,” said Régis Bouchard.
If the transaction is not realized, he intends to build a chalet on the existing foundations.
As for the famous boat, the question remains: will there be a day sail, on account of his bad state of deterioration? Régis Bouchard said he has recently received calls from potential purchasers and that he will consider any reasonable offer.