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Zoning and demolition permits are the domain of municipalities, but elected officials in Montreal’s Sud-Ouest borough say they’re seeing the rise of a trend as developers go over their heads to judges when they don’t get what they want.

The latest case involves a building once housing the Negro Community Centre on Coursol St. in Little Burgundy, which a Quebec Superior Court judge ordered on Friday be razed over the objections of the borough.

The borough filed a request in the Quebec Court of Appeal on Monday to stay the judgment pending an appeal. A judge is to issue a ruling on the borough’s emergency request on Tuesday morning.

“We’re talking about an interesting heritage building, representative of the presence of the black community in Montreal,” Sud-Ouest borough mayor Benoit Dorais said of the boarded-up building, which dates to 1891 and which became the home of the Negro Community Centre in 1955.

“It’s a symbolic building. It’s emblematic, and that’s what we want to keep.”

Demolition by judge: developers seeking permits through the courts | Montreal Gazette

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