By Lawrence Belanger
Local Journalism Initiative
The Sherbrooke City Council voted in favour of the demolition of the Webster parking lot. In a press release sent Tuesday, Feb. 7, city officials detailed the reasons for the decision, which include the age of the building, changing municipal priorities, and the cost to extend the building’s use.
“The decision was taken yesterday, so we’re really in the first proceedings of deciding what to do next,” said Olivia Dutil, spokesperson from the city’s communications department.
According to the release, demolition represents an investment of $2,015,000. The Optimistic timeline estimates that deconstruction could begin in late summer of 2023, and be completed in 2024, but “there’s still a lot of administrative steps to be taken,” said Dutil.
“Once they’re done with the first steps, [the City] will be able to provide more information and put out a call for tenders.”
The City will then install a temporary parking lot on the site of the former garage while it determines the long-term project that will take place there.