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L’Île Perrot mayor says there are no plans to develop forested land


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L’Île Perrot Mayor Marc Roy said the city has no plans to develop the forested land between Rue du Boisé and Avenue du Parc.

L’Île Perrot Mayor Marc Roy dismissed recent media reports regarding the possible development of forested land between Rue du Boisé and Avenue du Parc as purely speculative and said the city has no intention of proceeding with any kind of development. The issue was raised by area residents at recent council meetings after the city announced it would proceed with plans to connect the two streets.

Area residents complained that the extension would bring unwanted traffic into the neighbourhood and negatively impact their quality of life. Residents also feel that since the city intends to proceed with the roadway extension which has been in the planning stages for the past 10 years, it will make the forested land more accessible to future development. Roy said residents are wrong to assume the city has clandestine plans to develop the forested land.

He also said he’s disappointed and bothered that his attempts to reassure citizens have fallen on deaf ears. “There is absolutely nothing that will be done on that land,” Roy told Your Local Journal after the meeting. “I am not a liar. Why would I tell the citizens something that wasn’t true? Nothing is planned for that land.” The only spot that will be developed in the immediate area in the near future is on the site of the former Rona Hardware outlet on the east side of Don Quichotte Boulevard that recently closed its doors after moving to a new larger outlet in Pincourt.

An inquiry has been made by someone who is interested in buying the property, Roy said, but doesn’t yet know for what purpose. A meeting is scheduled with the potential buyer within the next two weeks to determine what they intend to do with the site if it’s purchased. Roy noted that the city has preserved a large wooded area as a nature park on the west side of Don Quichotte Boulevard between the IGA grocery store that extends south towards the boundary line of the commercial centre in Notre Dame de l’Île Perrot which shows the city’s commitment to preserve its last remaining green spaces.

With little forested land left for development, the only remaining viable option for L’Île Perrot administrators is to build upwards and that’s what the city intends to do with a new four-storey commercial/condominium project planned on the northeast corner of Grand and Perrot Boulevards. Roy said he is optimistic the new building will help to revive the city’s flagging downtown core. Details of the new project will be made available at a special public information session at city hall on September 30 at 7 p.m.

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