decommssioned seniors residence, Griffith McConnell, seen here on November 9, 2014

Decommissioned seniors residence on Parkhaven Ave, Griffith McConnell, seen here on November 9, 2014

Slowly but surely the old Griffith McConnell Residence is being dismantled brick by brick. Once leveled the developer plans to erect a new high-rise condominium in its place.

The adjacent land on Parkhaven Ave at Kildare Road was home to the low-rise infirmary section of the former senior’s residence, owned and operated by the United Church of Canada. It also housed a small synagogue for many years. That building was demolished earlier this year and luxury townhouse units are now being built on that part of the land.

The new development is across the street from the former Wagar High School building that the city is urging the Englsih Montreal School Board to reopen as a high school with a sports-études program. Also next door is the city’s Aquatic and Community Centre.

Dubbed “Parkhaven Courtyard” the site is a 130,000-square-foot piece of land that was rezoned from institutional to residential. The project calls for 50 townhouses and a tower in what was originally previewed as five phases.

Developer Johnny Migliara said, “We predicted a certain clientele: youth in the area ready to buy their first place, maybe parents investing for their children, young professionals and growing families. That’s 100-per-cent exactly what happened. Those are the people coming to purchase.”

The site is central to Cote Saint-Luc and is located in District 6.