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Last-ditch effort to save Montreal's Negro Community Centre fails

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--November 18, 2014.

Appeals court judge orders demolition of former church.

larger_ir.ashx__0.jpgA Quebec court of appeal judge has cleared the way for the crumbling Negro Community Centre on Coursol St. in Little Burgundy to be demolished.

On Tuesday morning, Judge François Doyon denied a request from the South West borough to preserve the former church and its heritage value for the community.

The current owner of the building had asked for a demolition permit, and a Quebec Superior Court judge had ordered the demolition to proceed on Friday.

Part of the building had collapsed in April, and the owner believed it was too dangerous.

The building is 123 years old, and became the home of the Negro Community Centre in 1955.

It hasn't been occupied for two decades.