SITE OF THE GREEK ORTHODOX COMMUNITY OF WEST ISLAND
Our Community site including our Church is located at 20 Brunswick, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, (at the corner of Brunswick Boulevard and Spring Garden Street).
The site lot is approximately 80,000 Square feet. The church building occupies about 15% of the lot area, while 25% of the remaining lot is paved and used as parking.
The church was built in 1984 the building complex was of a simple, basic design consisting of an elevated basilica-style church and a semi-basement reception area. At that time, the needs of the Greek community of the West Island were commensurate with those of the population that had recently begun to settle in the area.
The generous donations and support of the Montreal Greek Community and prominent benefactors and donors of the West Island Community have made our Church the pride of our Community.
The church interior has been continuously been upgraded making every part of the building functional for the intended purpose.
A major renovation and expansion too place and was completed in 2012-2013. The community support was overwhelming and it was possible to complete this work without interrupting the church services. The renovation and expansion plan included the covering of the exterior stairs, expanding the church by about 40 feet, creating offices for the secretary and priest, a board or welcome room, a young mother’s room, storage facility, elevator lift for wheelchair access, renovating all bathrooms and adding a bathroom with wheelchair access.
The renovation and expansion church building architecture by the prominent Architect Mr. Stavros Lagopoulos, and the construction execution by Zetacon Construction made our Church the pride of the Greek Community of West Island.
In 2014 we also upgraded and expanded the parking area and driveways for easier access around the church building. The parking re-work brought to our attention a major main storm water drain problem that had to be repaired. The new parking capacity is 90 cars plus three (3) handicap designated places.
In 2015 the roof asphalt singles were replaced, the church exterior and parking lighting was upgraded, as well the landscaping and drain system to prevent future basement flooding.
The basement includes a reception hall area for about 250 persons a kitchen area, storage areas and bathroom facilities. The basement kitchen and the hall area (floors, walls and ceiling) were completely upgraded in 2015 so that the basement hall can be functional and be used as a community gathering hall and as a reception hall for community and ecclesiastical events.
The Philoptochos uses the basement hall to hold fundraising lunches on Sundays after the church service to fund various renovation church renovation projects and also provides coffee and refreshments after funeral and memorial services.