Villeray church crumbles beside highway

A businessman wants Villeray borough to take a softer line on its renovation requirements so he can save the St-Alphonse-d’Youville church building, which is crumbling alongside Crémazie in the borough. Built in 1931, this was one of the last big classic church projects in the city, but after the highway was built right in its face in the 1960s during Quebec’s general abandonment of church activities, it never recovered. It hasn’t been an operating parish in years, and was supposed to become a café-theatre, but it seems to me that its location is against it even if the borough were to concede on the copper roof.