Station 26: a project that went wrong

Jeanne Corriveau looks at the failed attempt to renovate and repair Station 26, the handsome old fire station on Mont-Royal at Des Érables, which has been reduced to a sad bit of scaffolding.

After embarking on rebuilding the façade, contractors found that the whole building was in dangerously precarious condition. It had to come down. This is the fire station that made international “ironic news” items in 1999 when, running to a call, firefighters forgot a pot of oil on the station stove, so that their own station caught fire. The building was partly boarded up and in visibly rocky shape for years after that.

The original budget for repairs has been used up, and although there’s a possibility of re-creating the old building, it would be at a high price. It’s not clear whether it will ever happen.