The Braerob farmhouse, a heritage site Ste. Anne de Bellevue had been considering to purchase, was gutted by fire Sunday morning.
Firefighters were called to the farmhouse on Ste. Marie Rd., at about 8 a.m.
An arson investigation is ongoing, according to Ste. Anne city councillor Paolo Hawa, who went to the scene of the blaze Sunday. She said she was dismayed a heritage monument was destroyed.
The farmhouse, which reportedly dates back to the late 18th century, has sat abandoned for the past several years.
Ste. Anne, as part of a draft urban plan for its northern sector made public last spring, announced it wanted to acquire the Braerob farmhouse and about two hectares of surrounding land and restore it for some public use, such as a community centre.
The farmhouse was also cited in the Ste. Anne’s 50-page Moving Towards Sustainability plan, unveiled in October. Restoring the farmhouse as a heritage building is mentioned as an objective under the environment and livable neighbourhoods section.
Ste. Anne’s northern sector is currently the subject of an ongoing, revisited consultation process regarding a proposed urban development plan that drew howls of protests from residents when publicly presented this past May.
The Braerob property as well as much of the undeveloped territory in question, located south of the Hydro-Quebec servitude, is owned by developer Grilli construction.
Source The Gazette