Up to 45 rooms for workers in the former presbytery of Mont-Joli

Up to 45 rooms for workers in the former presbytery of Mont-Joli
Up to 45 rooms for workers in the former presbytery of Mont-Joli

Unoccupied for nearly a year, the former Mont-Joli presbytery will be converted into a rooming house for workers, particularly those from abroad. Up to 45 roomers will be able to be housed once the renovation work is completed.

It is a service that we provide all inclusive. The dishes, the bedding, everything is there. The person arrives with their luggage. Everything else is includedsays Dominic Boily, co-owner of the building since last June.

The project by the construction contractor, originally from Beauce, has already received the green light from the City. The work, which is expected to cost between $700,000 and $800,000, began Monday and will continue until spring 2025.

Major repairs will need to be made to the building before it can welcome its first residents.

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Dominic Boily (left) and Daniel Saindon (right) are the new owners of the building.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Gabriel Paré-Asatoory

The bulk of the work is bringing the fire system up to standard. Fire doors, fire walls, stairwells that are not compliantlists Mr. Boily.

Despite the scale of the work to be carried out, some tenants will still be able to move into the former presbytery within a few months.

We want to bring the first workers back in October.

A quote from Dominic Boily, co-owner of the future rooming house

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The rooming house will include several common areas, such as kitchens, laundry rooms, living rooms and bathrooms.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Gabriel Paré-Asatoory

Although the rental price has not yet been set, around twenty rooms have already been reserved by companies in the region looking for accommodation for the foreign workers they hire.

Bois BSL is one of them. The company, which has about ten Mexican and Filipino employees, turned to Dominic Boily’s partner, Daniel Saindon. Saindon works for Le Bon Jack, an organization that helps newcomers integrate.

We find ourselves hiring people who come from abroad and they, [ils] take care of their integration and finding them suitable accommodationexplains Jean-Philippe Jacques, president of Bois BSL.

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Jean-Philippe Jacques confirms that some of his employees will be housed in the future rooming house.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Gabriel Paré-Asatoory

The project is not only aimed at newcomers, however, the owners assure. Workers in the region will also be able to benefit from it.

When we started the project, it was for local companies that wanted to house their temporary workers. We have a portion for that, but it’s open to everyone.says Daniel Saindon.

We have professionals who sometimes come from another branch, from the same company, who work perhaps for a week, a month. That will be possible. […] Sometimes companies reserve a room for all of us. [ses] professionals. They are people who are constantly changinghe illustrates.

One-year leases will be offered to businesses.

It will be affordable housing for newcomers and professionals.

A quote from Daniel Saindon, co-owner of the future rooming house
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