Demolition coming for the Gosselin mill?

Demolition coming for the Gosselin mill?
Demolition coming for the Gosselin mill?

The Action Patrimoine organization opposed this request in a letter sent to the Lévis demolition committee. Last March, the organization denounced “a demolition problem” via a first letter as well as a report in the pages of the Sun.

“The situation has been known for years and it is clear that the application of the regulations has not been carried out by the City of Lévis,” indicates Renée Genest, general director of Action Patrimoine, in her letter dated May 2 and made public today.

According to the organization, the owners of the building, Les Entreprises lévisiennes Inc, did not comply with regulation RV-2012-11-79 on the occupation and maintenance of buildings by neglecting the upkeep of the premises.

In 2015, the Ministry of Culture had already noted the situation of the mill, underlines Ms. Genest. The ministry had mentioned that “the lack of maintenance of the buildings for several years has considerably altered their integrity, and in particular the mill, which is in an advanced state of deterioration.”

“It is unacceptable that a building of this value is purchased, without being properly maintained, and then is the subject of a request for demolition because its condition has deteriorated,” says the general director.

The organization recalls that the mill, built in 1835, was operated by the Gosselin family until 1970, and that it is the last in the Lévis territory. It also housed, until 1997, an arts center founded by the painter Albert Rousseau.

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