The good old days are now
It's on the front page of Le Magazine on the south shore. That whole area around J-C bridge in Longueuil is getting extremley developped now.
PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL AT CHAMPLAIN COLLEGE?
Magazine (The Saint-Lambert, LeMoyne and Greenfield Park weekly)
The Magazine has learned that Champlain College os St-Lambert has begun serious discussions on the possibility of accomodating a professional baseball club that would take part in the activities of the International League. In conformity with the league's standards, a stadium of about 5,000 seats would be built on the current site of the College's parking lot. The General Manager of the College, Donald Shewan, did not want to divulge the name of his respondent "but this last represents a group of Quebecois businessmen interested in the project", he told us. "We believe that this location situated in front of the interchange which leads to Jacques Cartier Bridge and the highway 132 exit is the ideal place", said Mr. Shewan. In addition, this would favour a multifunctional project where basketball, soccer and football could find thier niche and live togehter.
A MAJOR OBSTACLE
"The snow depot must disappear. We are formally against renewing the lease with the City of Longueuil and particularly St-Lambert, the main user. We will thus make a representation to the authorities of the Maritime Park, owner of this section of the terrain", specified Mr. Shewan. This lease ends in 2007. Then on the costs of the project, Mr. Shewan does not want to divulge any figures. But keeping in mind the number of seats, we can evaluate the cost of the project at over $1 million. To carry out a project of this magnitude, the General Manager hopes that Longueuil and the demerged cities agree and resolve their problems as soon as possible. "And I'm not the only one talking about the agglomeration budget. All this fighting for power between Longueuil and the demerged cities, merging and demerging, does nothing but up the costs," said Mr. Shewan.
In addition, Champlain College of St-Lambert will have a football team in the College AA league as of this year. "The team's management, including the coach, has already been chosen. And as of next month, training will begin. We plan to convene a meeting in the next few days to unveil all the details of this training. I also want to emphasize the important collaboration of businessman Bob Taylor. We are very happy with his involvement and Mr. Taylor's personality will only serve to raise the prestige of our institution", concluded Mr. Shewan.