“A beautiful gift, not only for the parishioners, but also for the citizens of Saint-Gédéon,” says Sylvie Tremblay, a member of the Grandmontoise Commission.
The $3 million project took many years to come to fruition, especially since there were multiple ministries that had to be involved in the file, but also because of the pandemic.
“It is rare for the federal government to inject money into a church reconversion project, and this was done due to the perseverance and will of the municipality of Saint-Gédéon,” confirmed Bloc Québécois MP for Lac-Saint-Jean Alexis Brunel-Ducéppe.
However, the Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue church is not the first to undergo a conversion in the area, there is among others the Sainte-Marie church in L’Isle-Maligne which is now a succession hotel and an ice cream parlor.
“This is the third church to be converted in Saguenay. We are very happy to ride to be able to restore these buildings,” announced Eric Girard, CAQ MP for Lac-Saint-Jean.
For the mayor of Saint-Gédeon, this reconversion was a real need for his municipality.
“We did not have a large meeting room and after work, the church will be able to accommodate about 230 people for dinner/performances and about 300 people for conferences. After the Jacques Gagnon complex, it will be the second largest room in the MRC Lac-Saint-Jean-Est!”, confirms the mayor Medina Emile Houdon.
Construction of the Grandmontoise multifunctional space is scheduled to be completed by summer 2024.
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