Residents near housing project get intimidating letter.
By MICHELLE LALONDE, The GazetteOctober 8, 2010
Neighbours of a housing project planned for the former site of Marianopolis College found anonymous letters in their mailboxes this week telling them to “be careful what you’re against.”
Montreal city council voted two weeks ago to approve a scaled-back version of the $300-million project by Developpement Cato Inc. to turn the former seminary into a 150-unit housing project.
On Tuesday, Anushree Varma, an outspoken critic of the project, was rounding up signatures in a bid to force a referendum on certain zoning exemptions requested by the project promoter.
On Wednesday morning, Varma and many of her neighbours on Cedar Ave. received copies of the unsigned letter, accompanied by copies of an article from Wednesday’s La Presse.
The article was about the Montreal General Hospital’s recent purchase of land adjacent to its current site on Mount Royal. That land had been owned by a developer who had met with vigorous opposition from residents over his plan to build luxury condos there.
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