Some Dorval residents are concerned about the loss of green space in their neighbourhood, after the city voted Monday night to zone a soccer field as residential land, making way for condos.
The soccer field in question is attached to the Queen of Angels Academy — set to close its doors at the end of the school year.
'The community has changed so much in 14 years and this is the final nail in the coffin' - Mike Nizzola, Dorval resident.
The loss of the historic English-language private high school was already a blow to the community.
Now residents say the loss of one of the remaining green spaces in Dorval — the school’s soccer field — is the last straw.
Resident Mike Nizzola said it’s a major loss.
“We've lost this massive green space we used to have here. It's been replaced by multiple buildings.”
“The community has changed so much in 14 years and this is the final nail in the coffin. We absolutely don't want a massive project here.”
Nizzola's son, Dominique, teaches youth soccer in Dorval.
"Every year we get more and more teams, and for the last few years I've been fighting for field time."
He says the Queen of Angels' property would be perfect for his players.
City councillor Daniel da Chão said he sympathizes with the Nizzolas, but he said there’s a need for more housing in the community.
“There is a lot of demand in Dorval for alternative [residences] like condos,” he said.
“People want to stay in Dorval but they're getting older, so they want to be in something smaller and some people want a first home in Dorval but they can't afford a house.”