The Society of Friends of the Church of St. Michael de Belchas is campaigning for the 1739 building to become the blue space of the Chodier Appalachian District.
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Announced with great fanfare last week by the Legault government, 17 Espaces Bleus du Québec are supposed to be Historic Places, aiming to create new cultural tourism destinations. Each Espace Bleu will also have a café, where local produce will be found.
The project represents an investment of $259 million.
For Sylvie Luzon, president of the Society of Friends of the Church of Saint-Michel de Belchas, the priest, which is one of the oldest of its kind in North America, is “perfect” for hosting such a project. We are ringing the bell to inform the ministry [de la Culture] That we are here and that we are ready,” recalls MI Luzon.
Study in progress
She notes that a feasibility study is currently underway for major restoration projects at the priest, but also for the adjacent tithing barn, which dates back to 1818. The project, valued at “a few million dollars,” will then be presented to the municipality next January.
The project represents an investment of $25.9 million. lon du Patrimoine, in the heart of the priest. Among other things, there will be a space dedicated to the history and heritage of the Pelecas and Quebec coast.
A multifunctional room will also be built on the second floor
Its neighbour, the tithe barn, will become the pavilion of traditions, to host a permanent exhibition of miniature objects related to the history of the municipality.
MI Luzon also wants to expand the barn to accommodate a “local store”. There is a lot of work to be done in the priest, but it is a great opportunity [les Espaces Bleus]”, as you say.
Despite recent comments by the mayor, Eric Tessier, who downplayed the importance Michaelois attached to the priest last winter, Mr.I Luzon says she is “confident” that her project will go ahead.
last February in a local newspaper south voice“Currently, there is a tendency to talk about heritage, but in 20 years we will not ask the question because the proponents of this speech will no longer exist or they will lose their memory,” the mayor said. Mr. Tessier later apologized.
In addition, the priest will be completely empty from June 30, when the municipality recently expelled its two tenants, Fabrique Saint-Benoît-de-Bellechasse and Les Cimetières des seigneuries de Bellechasse.
The Cabinet of the Minister of Culture decided to announce the following places in the blue spaces “at the appropriate time”. “We are in the process of identifying the first buildings,” said company spokesman Louis-Julian Dufresne.