‘It can look a little ugly’: Business owners decry empty Canada Post office in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue

Economy

SAINTE-ANNE-DE-BELLEVUE – For two years, an old Canada Post building on St. Anne Boulevard has sat empty and abandoned.The former post office hasn’t been sold yet and remains an eye sore for all who walk by.“It can look a little ugly if you walk by” says business owner Steve Scharf.“Its an abandoned area, there hasn’t been changes at all. It looks like someone dropped everything and left, and it’s starting to look its age”
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Canada Post is a crown corporation and the building falls under federal jurisdiction.Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue’s mayor Paola Hawa said that there is only so much the city can do.“To see it sitting there vacant is disturbing; absolutely its frustrating.” the mayor said.The building is evaluated at over a million dollars. Right now, Canada Post pays $33,000 in property taxes every year.On top of that, hundreds of thousands of dollars would need to be invested to to decontaminate the land, making the purchase a very costly proposition.Philippe d’Aoust’s family has owned his G. D’Aoust & Cie on the same corner of St. Anne Boulevard for 115 years, and they’ve seen many changes to the area over the decades.Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue has spent time and money beautifying the area to make it a more attractive destination, something that D’Aoust said has paid off.“An empty building isn’t good for anybody” says d’Aoust.He said the Canada Post building is in a prime location and hopes whatever replaces it should be an attraction for more than just local residents.“We need to be attracting people from the greater Montreal area” he added.

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