April 14, 2024

The Queens County Citizen

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A difficult farewell to housing: Tenants reluctantly pack up

A difficult farewell to housing: Tenants reluctantly pack up

With a broken heart and tears in her eyes, Jeanette LaChance dedicated her Easter weekend to evacuating the home she had lived in for 60 years on the island of Hull.

That's sad. You never want to see your house torn down…neighbors, said this 77-year-old woman. She took a break from carrying boxes into the van this Good Friday morning.

Mrs. LaChance lives in one of the matchstick houses on Champlain Street in Gatineau that will be targeted by demolition workers in the coming months. Her rental accommodation is in a building that leads to the Îlot de la Caserne real estate project.

No fewer than 298 apartments will be built in the quadrangle between the boulevards des Allumettiers and de Maisonneuve.

Ginette Lachance is taking a break over the Easter weekend in a move she can do without.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Maxim Alain

It really is a family here.Ms. Lachance underlines. Everyone knows each other and helps each other. If you need someone to take you somewhere, if you need a cup of tea… […] I would struggle to see my friends leave…families leave.

This septuagenarian likes to stay still and stay under one roof. But she says she has been threatened to leave her accommodation before her lease expires next December.

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