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New seniors’ co-op and major residential project planned for Pincourt


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An 80-unit senior citizens’ housing co-op and a 50-unit, single-family housing project are planned for Pointe aux Renards in 2016. The announcement was made by Mayor Yvan Cardinal at the town’s council meeting on November 10.

The Town of Pincourt will proceed with two new developments, a senior citizens’ housing cooperative and a new residential project at Pointe aux Renards, as announced by Mayor Yvan Cardinal at the town’s November 10 council meeting.

Construction of the 80-unit seniors’ co-op will begin in early 2016 and is scheduled to be completed by 2017. Town Manager Michel Perrier told Your Local Journal that the co-op will help to address the increasing need for suitable accommodations for the region’s aging population.

Despite the new co-op, the project still falls short of demand for new senior units. Perrier said the town currently has a waiting list of 200 people looking for suitable accommodations.

The residential project will feature about 50 new single-family homes that will be built by development company Groupe Voyer. The land, which was owned by town, was recently sold to Groupe Voyer contingent on the company doing the preliminary work to remove the top soil before construction begins.

Concerns were raised by some residents about two years earlier that Pointe aux Renards was an unsuitable location for any type of residential development because of possible ground contamination. The site had been previously used by the town to dump snow from its wintertime street clearing operations.

Perrier said exhaustive deep soil analysis tests were conducted within the area which determined that there is no heavy contamination of any type aside from top-layer residue left over from previous snow melts.

“We’re not talking about any type of serious contamination that goes down 10 feet into the ground,” said Perrier. “It’s just the surface soil that will have to be removed. Once that is done, the town will begin construction of the required infrastructure. It’ll be a nice new project that will complete our development requirements for this specific zone.”

The two projects come on the heels of a new residential development that is currently being built on the corner of 5th Avenue and Pincourt Boulevard adjacent to the arena building that will house the town’s new sports complex next year. The four-phase residential project which features townhouses and condos is expected to be fully completed by 2016.

With a dwindling supply of vacant land available for future development, Pincourt will eventually have to look upwards and build multi-storey residential buildings. Perrier said the town also has to adhere to the Montreal Metropolitan Community’s (MMC) new Schéma development guidelines that require high density structures to be built near major transportation hubs.

For Pincourt, this means larger buildings will be mandatory because of its close proximity to Highway 20 and the AMT commuter rail line. “The closer you are to these types of infrastructure, more density is required,” said Perrier.

“The only thing left for us is land that is facing the highway that is currently zoned for commercial purposes. If there ever is a change in zoning, then the town will have to build structures that will be at least four storeys or higher, but we’re not there yet. This is something for the long-term,” Perrier added.

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