Potential new location found for CSL synagogue

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A potential new location has been found for the Fondation Sepharade Kollel Avrechim synagogue in Côte St. Luc, on the site of the city’s public works yard on Mackle Road, Mayor Mitchell Brownstein announced.

“There’s a very large parking lot, and it’s the area closest to the dog run in that parking lot,” Brownstein told The Suburban. “The parking lot has about 80 to 100 spots, and it’s at the far end.”

The mayor said the city and the synagogue are now in the preliminary stage of looking at the alternative locale.

“I met with Rabbi Yehouda Benoliol and his group, and we gave them the size and configuration, and Urban Planning has given them the configuration documents in terms of what they can work with, and now they have to present a proposal to the Planning Advisory Committee.”

During the July 4 council meeting, several residents asked about the synagogue, in light of a recent register which 23 residents signed, calling for a referendum on a rezoning for the original location elsewhere on Mackle Road.

Seventeen signatures were needed to prompt a referendum. But as the result would be clear — enough to reject the original location — and a referendum would be costly, no vote will be held.

As a result, Côte St. Luc council withdrew the original rezoning bylaw at last week’s meeting, with seven councillors approving and Councillor Dida Berku abstaining because she is a lawyer in a case, unrelated to the zoning, involving Rabbi Yehouda Benoliol.

At a previous meeting, Brownstein said the community would work together to find a new location for the synagogue.

No referendum for new synagogue

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At its July 4 public meeting Cote Saint-Luc City Council voted to withdraw a bylaw dealing with a proposed rezoning of residential property for a new synagogue. Council has ended the process that would have lead to a potentially divisive referendum. Instead, the city and the congregation leadership have been in discussions on a more desirable piece of land on Mackle Road.

“I am very proud of our community in rallying together to respectfully discuss, in a positive manner, and to find solutions in seeking a new home for the Kollel,” said Mayor Mitchell Brownstein. “We will work together to make this a reality as quickly as possible within the provincial legal process.”

District 6 Councillor Glenn J. Nashen said. “The city will do its utmost to help its residents and support its institutions,” in support of choosing to work toward a new location for the Kollel.

A register for a rezoning bylaw to enable the new synagogue to be created on Mackle Road by the Fondation Sepharade Kollel Avrechim was held on Thursday, June 15 at City Hall. 24 people signed the register. Only 17 were required to sign in order to call for a referendum.

The register was called for, under provincial law governing rezoning, after 33 out of 56 eligible residents signed a petition to demand the register last May.

“As the Councillor for the area (District 6) I believe it is important to keep our residents united and supportive of one another. I am confident that we are looking at a better solution to meet everyone’s needs,” Nashen added.

Mayor Brownstein, Councillor Nashen and city staff have met with the rabbi, Kollel leadership and with concerned residents after the register closed and assured everyone that we shall work together as a community to find the congregation a more suitable place for them in our City.

Mayor Brownstein said we are, “Moving quickly to find solutions and all parties are pleased with our proactive approach. We are a beautiful, proud community that shall always find solutions to accommodate each other through consensus building.”

New site now in the plans for new synagogue

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A register for a rezoning bylaw to enable a new synagogue to be created on Mackle Road by the Fondation Sepharade Kollel Avrechim was held on Thursday, June 15 at City Hall. 23 people signed the register. Only 17 were required to sign in order to call for a referendum.

The register was called for, under provincial law governing rezoning, after 33 out of 56 eligible residents signed a petition to demand the register a month earlier.

Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said if enough people sign the register, there will be no need for a referendum and, as a result, another location will have to be found for the synagogue.

The city wishes to help its residents and support its institutions. Given the results we will help the congregation to find a new location.

As the Councillor for the area (District 6) I believe it is important to keep our residents united and supportive of one another. I am confident that a better solution can be found to meet everyone’s needs.

Mayor Brownstein said he met with the residents and Rabbi Benoliol after the register closed and assured everyone that we shall work together as a community to find the congregation a more suitable place for them in our City.  The mayor said we are moving quickly to find solutions and all parties are pleased with our proactive approach and that he expects to be able to announce an excellent alternative shortly.  We are a beautiful, proud community that shall always find solutions to accommodate each other through consensus building, he said.

CSL council votes 4-2 to enable synagogue register

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Côte St. Luc council voted 4-2 Monday night for a rezoning bylaw to enable a new synagogue to be created on Mackle Road, even though it is being generally acknowledged the Fondation Sepharade Kollel Avrechim will very likely not be built in that location.

A register on the synagogue, in which residents can sign to express their desire for a referendum, will take place 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 15. More information on the particulars will be sent out by Côte St. Luc.

Councillors Allan Levine, Sidney Benizri, Sam Goldbloom and Mike Cohen voted in favour, while Ruth Kovac and Steven Erdelyi voted against. Councillor Glenn Nashen was absent, but passed on the message he would have voted in favour. Dida Berku, who has abstained from these votes, was also absent.

The vote came after enough signatories — 33 out of 56 eligible residents — signed a petition to spark a register, on which only 17 signatures would be needed to prompt a referendum. Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said if enough people sign the register, there will be no need for a referendum and, as a result, another location will have to be found for the synagogue.

Brownstein said it is the city’s mandate to help all residents, and support religious communities. He added that even those who oppose that location for the synagogue want to help its congregants find a new location.

“I assure you now that we’re continuing to look into [potential] locations,” the Mayor said.

Kovac objected to council passing the bylaw to enable the register. The councillor emphasized that she is not against the synagogue, just the proposed location, as are the 33 residents who signed for a register.

“For me to drag this out to June 15 and ask these same residents to come a second time to say the same thing is a little bit unfair,” she added. “We already know we’re not going to a referendum.”

Synagogue rezoning on Mackle. Public info meeting, Monday, April 3, 7:30PM

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The City of Cote Saint-Luc has received a request from the Fondation Sepharade Kollel Avrechim who wish to construct a synagogue on Mackle Road, backing onto the Cavendish Mall parking lot.

Provincial law requires a notice of motion to be given at City Council on the draft bylaw to begin the zoning amendment process required to render the residential land for institutional use. The law provides for a public information meeting which will take place on April 3, 2017 at 7:30 P.M. Interested residents should attend this meeting at City Hall to learn about the project, ask questions and get answers in order to decide for themselves if they agree with the rezoning.

 

The residents within the adjacent zones (neighbouring streets) are the ultimate decision-makers on matters of rezoning.

A sign was placed in front of the property so that all residents may be adequately informed about the proposed changes. Additionally, a letter advising residents in the contiguous zones of the request and the public meeting is being delivered to the homes in question this week.

More information about the rezoning is available at CoteSaintLuc.org/publicnotices or by calling the Cote Saint-Luc Urban Development Department at 514-485-6800.

 

Rezonage d’un terrain dans le secteur du Mail Cavendish

Une proposition de rezonage d’un terrain résidentiel à un terrain institutionnel sur le ch. Mackle afin de permettre la construction d’une synagogue est en cours. Le terrain est entre l’entrée du stationnement arrière du Quartier Cavendish et du 6794 Mackle.

 

Une consultation publique aura lieu le lundi 3 avril à 19 h 30  à l’hôtel de ville, salle du conseil, 5801, boul. Cavendish. Pour en savoir plus, consulter l’avis public sur le site du terrain en question ou à CoteSaintLuc.org/fr/avispublics.

 

Pour toutes questions, envoyer un courriel à urbanplanning@cotesaintluc.org ou composer 514-485-6800, poste 1607.

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Synagogue proposed for Mackle Road next to Cavendish Mall, public info meeting April 3

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At last night’s Public Council Meeting the City of Cote Saint-Luc dealt with a request from the Fondation Sepharade Kollel Avrechim who wish to construct a synagogue on Mackle Road, backing onto the Cavendish Mall parking lot.

In recent years, the new homes on Kellert, and the four lots on Mackle between Kellert and the Mall parking entrance were added to District 6, which I represent. This property is the eastern-most point in the district.

The notice of motion was read aloud and City Council adopted the first draft bylaw to begin the zoning amendment process required to render the residential land for institutional use.

In fact, the property is currently composed of two lots that are currently zoned for a semi‐detached dwelling. The amendment would change the zoning from residential to institutional use.

The Fondation Sepharade Kollel Avrechim is a religious institution that currently occupies, and conducts its affairs at 5750 Parkhaven Avenue. They are seeking to re-establish itself in a new premises to be built on a lot at 6790-6792 Mackle Road.

Rabbi Yehuda Benoliel is the spiritual leader of the congregation.

The City, having officially adopted the notice of motion and first reading of the bylaw, has started the legal steps for the request for rezoning.

The residents within the adjacent zones (neighbouring streets) are the ultimate decision makers. The law requires that eligible residents can demand a register to be opened for any neighbour that chooses to contest the rezoning.

The next step is a provincially-mandated public information meeting on April 3, 2017 at 7:30 P.M. as required by law. Interested residents should attend this meeting at City Hall to learn about the project, ask questions and get answers in order to decide for themselves if they agree with the rezoning.

A public notice is then given around mid to end of April for those residents who ultimately wish to sign a register to force a referendum on the issue.

Meanwhile, a sign will be placed by the City in front of the property so that all residents may be adequately informed about the proposed changes. More information about the rezoning is available by calling the Cote Saint-Luc Urban Development Department at 514-485-6800.

Suspect in 10 synagogue robberies arrested

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Suspect in 10 synagogue robberies arrested
No hate crime involved
The Suburban, February 15, 2012
By Joel Goldenberg

Montreal police recently arrested a 41-year-old man suspected of robbing synagogues in the Station 9 (Côte St. Luc-Hampstead) and Station 26 (Côte des Neiges) areas in recent months. Station 9 commander Sylvain Bissonette told The Suburban last week that the individual is charged with eight break and entries and two of stealing less than $5,000 – instances where he walked into the synagogues in broad daylight and stole money. In each case, petty cash was stolen, nothing was vandalized, nothing religious was stolen, and the incidents are not considered hate crimes, he added. The suspect was also charged with four counts of breach of parole conditions.

“The person was arrested in the Station 26 territory while he was doing a break and entry,” Bissonnette said. “At Station 9, we were trying to find him. We linked him to several cases. There were nine cases in Station 9. He was in court last week and he is now detained.”

Commander Bissonnette said police are proud of this arrest. “Last year, at around this time, we had synagogues that were vandalized, so we paid special attention this year [with the cooperation of Côte St. Luc and Hampstead],” he explained. “We were wondering if something would happen at the same time of year. We did an operation with several stations and it was during that operation that this person decided to do a break and enter. Probably just bad timing for him. “He was caught red handed. There were video cameras inside the other synagogues, so that’s why we were able to identify him for the other robberies.” The video footage also revealed a robbery of which officials of one synagogue were not even aware.

Bissonnette thanked Federation CJA officials involved with synagogue security for giving the information to synagogues regarding the robberies, giving police “a clearer picture.”

In my opinion:  Kudos to Commander Sylvain Bissonnette and to Federation CJA Community Security.  They have worked on this case for more than a year and were intent on solving this case.  I also thank Cote Saint-Luc Public Security agents and volunteer Citizens on Patrol along with CSL Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson for playing an important role in safeguarding the community and in working closely with the commander on this and other cases.

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