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Roy looks towards condos as viable option to entice people to move to L’Île Perrot


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L’Île Perrot Mayor Marc Roy said condo development will help to entice prospective residents to consider relocating to the municipality.

With little green space left for development, L’Île Perrot Mayor Marc Roy said the city is looking towards condo development as the next step to entice prospective homeowners to settle in the community. Roy made his comments during an interview with Your Local Journal at city hall on Monday morning, March 2, to discuss the start of his second year in his current term as mayor of the municipality on Île Perrot, just off the western tip of Montreal, after the November 2013 municipal elections.

The popular incumbent mayor is no stranger to municipal politics. Roy is presently into his fifth consecutive mandate. He was first elected in 1997 and has retained his position by winning the next four subsequent municipal elections by acclamation. While most of the city’s vacant land has already been developed or preserved, the city still has one undeveloped section on Don Quichotte Boulevard near Rue des Rosiers.

Roy said about one million square feet will be put up for sale in May with development set to begin within the next three years. Another area scheduled for condo development is on 34th Avenue east of Perrot Boulevard – the last remaining area in the city with a lakeside view – but the developer has yet to begin construction, said Roy. The city is also hoping to revive the commercial area on Grand Boulevard east of Don Quichotte with the proposed construction of a four-storey commercial/condo project at the intersection of Grand and Perrot Boulevards.

“The condos are for sale right now,” said Roy. “The developer is waiting for a number of condos to be sold and then construction will start.” A road will also be built north of the project that will connect directly onto Grand to enable condo owners to avoid the intersection and help to improve overall traffic flow. Another option the city is considering is to allow for the construction of four-storey condos on 1st and 2nd Avenues east of Perrot Boulevard near Highway 20.

The iconic Dairy Queen facing Highway 20 would succumb to the wrecker’s ball, but not from a condo development project. It would be demolished for the eventual expansion of Highway 20 into an autoroute.

“There would be an overpass built right there and they know it,” said Roy. But it could take several more years before any work to complete Highway 20 begins. “The plans have been there since 1969 but nothing has been done. With all the work planned for the Turcot interchange in downtown Montreal, when will Highway 20 be done? In another 20 years? When I was first elected in 1997, I was told the 20 would be done at that time. But it’s still the same,” Roy said.

Roy would actually prefer to have Highway 20 kept as an urban boulevard, which is contrary to the views expressed by Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal and Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon who said it would help to expand their respective commercial districts. “We can keep Highway 20 as it is,” said Roy. “There’s no problem with that. My residents really don’t want it. And drivers would just pass by on their way to Vaudreuil-Dorion instead of stopping at the traffic lights and seeing our commercial area. I’ve been saying this since ’97. We don’t want it. Keeping it as it is would be perfect for us.”

While the city considers its options for future development, Roy notes there are other important aspects of his municipality that lures people to settle in L’Île Perrot including its quality of life and family-friendly environment. Roy said the city recently completed its social development policy for the family and seniors. It also spent $400,000 for a new park called Place des Citoyens on Don Quichotte Boulevard near École La Perdriolle that will be officially inaugurated this spring.

“When I first was elected, people were saying it’s a welfare city,” said Roy. “It’s not like that anymore. It’s a worker’s and family city. We have lots of parks, a water park, community centre, library, bike paths and many activities. We want to maintain a good quality of life for everyone living here.” As a way to check the pulse of its citizens, Roy regularly participates in family oriented events such as the annual Journée des Familles each May.

“I don’t want to lose touch with the citizens so I’m behind the barbecue and cook 100 to 200 dozen hot dogs,” said Roy. “I’ve been doing this for 15 years now. This way people can see me and talk to me; not just every four years during the election. And it’s a good way to hear about people’s complaints.”

Roy’s love for the city and its citizens, and the integrity of its municipal administration is prompting him to seek re-election for a sixth mayoral mandate in 2017. “People talk to me and tell me I’m doing a good job,” said Roy. “This is my pay. When people like what they’re doing, like me, they appreciate it and do a good job. And I don’t receive any brown envelopes with money inside. I sleep well at night.”

The L’Île Perrot mayor would also like to see a merger with the other three Île Perrot municipalities – Notre Dame de l’ Île Perrot (NDIP), Pincourt, and Terrasse-Vaudreuil – but said NDIP is not interested in the proposal.

“Imagine if our four municipalities merged into one,” said Roy. “We could become bigger than Vaudreuil-Dorion.”

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