02/15/2014 03:54 EST | Updated 04/17/2014 05:59 EDT

Queen of Angels land rezoning efforts worry neighbours

Some Dorval residents say a planned high-rise and townhouses on part of the Queen of Angels Academy property will ruin their neighbourhood and sink their property values.

It was announced last month that the well-known all-girls school would be shuttered at the end of the school year. Part of the land was sold pending rezoning.

A 10-storey building — rare, if not non-existent in Dorval — is slated for a part of the property close to Tremont Avenue if the rezoning is approved.

“Putting tall buildings would hide our nice view of the neighbourhood,” said local resident Caroline Miron. If the green light is given for the building, her house would be directly facing it.

Neighbours are particularly concerned about the value of the properties, many of which are in the realm of $700,000.

“Even if we want to sell the house, now that the cat is out of the bag and everybody knows about this we would not be able to get the same for the house that we would have been able to get say, three months ago,” said resident Eva Acs.

Homeowner Joseph Guglielmi said he’s concerned parking will become an issue.

He would prefer having single-family homes on the Queen of Angels property, rather than townhouses and a 10-storey building.

“It blends in with the neighbourhood and respects the Dorval ambience,” he said.

The issue will continue to be discussed at a Dorval council meeting on Feb. 17.