Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Fate of Montreal Hasidic synagogue up in the air 

A Montreal Hasidic community will have to jump through more hoops before getting the go-ahead to expand its inconspicuous, unmarked synagogue on Hutchinson St. between Fairmount and St. Viateur Aves.

On Tuesday, 199 local residents signed a register — 41 more signatures than required — requesting that Plateau Mont Royal hold a referendum on Congregation Gate David's plan to expand its 50-year-old synagogue. The register will be deposited at the next borough council meeting, May 3.

At that point, the borough council has to decide whether to hold a municipal referendum or to cancel the project.

The Hasidic community has reworked its expansion plans several times over the past five years in order to win community support. The synagogue is at 5363 Hutchinson St.


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