The commercially strategic site of the former Mecca of Trois-Rivières nightlife, the Le Gosier brewery, is in the sights of developers.
The space has been unoccupied since the fire that completely destroyed the establishment in 1995.
Holding Rubino and the real estate group Werkliv are preparing to start construction there on a building on six levels which will undoubtedly house shops on the ground floor and 92 rental housing units.
The projected investment is $20-25 million.
“It will be an eco-responsible building, the first of its kind in Trois-Rivières and Mauricie,” said Angelo Rubino.
Since the fire, three or four plans to occupy the site had been discussed but never saw the light of day.
It must be said that the environmental issue was a hindrance, since the site had partly been used to bury different types of materials and products a century ago.
It seems that the obstacle has now been removed and that it is possible to move forward with construction after months and years of procedures and exchanges with the Ministry of the Environment.
“It took time. It had to meet the criteria of the Ministry of the Environment. But we are all in order. We wanted to make sure the project got off to a good start,” added one of Holding Rubino’s partners.
Soil survey work has been carried out over the past few days. The developer plans to open the site soon.