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Vaudreuil-Dorion adopts density zoning by-law to accommodate new seniors’ residence

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Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon said a change in the city’s density zoning by-law is meant to accommodate a new 12-storey seniors’ residence that will be built by the Chartwell Group.

The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion adopted a resolution at the Monday evening council meeting on February 15 to increase the population density in the area close to the Centre Multisports to accommodate a new 12-storey seniors’ residence that will feature almost 700 individual units.

“Chartwell picked the perfect place for this project because this is exactly where we wanted this type of density to be located,” said Mayor Guy Pilon. “It will also be very good for all the merchants in the area and it could also result in more commerce and other services that cater to seniors establish businesses in the area.”

Pilon told Your Local Journal that when the land was originally zoned for development, the city didn’t anticipate such a large project would be proposed. Therefore, the city is obligated to modify its zoning by-law to accommodate the new facility that will be built by the Chartwell Group. “We have to change the rules so that we can accept this number of units,” said Pilon.

The location of the new full-service seniors’ facility which is being built on Émile-Bouchard Street near Boulevard de la Gare is an ideal location said Pilon because of its close proximity to the Centre Multisports, the CSSS de Vaudreuil-Soulanges health care facility, the proposed new hospital for the region, and various commercial and shopping venues.

Pilon stressed that the new seniors’ facility is a long-term project that will be built in phases over a five-year period based on the number of units that are sold each year. Work has already begun within the past month with large steel pilings being currently pounded into the ground.

While most of the residential construction over the past decade in Vaudreuil-Dorion has been geared towards families and younger people who have purchased either single-family homes, townhouses, and condos, the new Chartwell project is aimed exclusively towards older people which are a growing demographic throughout the Municipalité Régionale de Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

Pilon pointed to the municipality of Île-Perrot as another city within the MRC that is currently building its own eight story seniors’ residence to address the needs of its aging population on the island by Groupe Maurice, another major development company that specializes in seniors’ housing.

“Our population is aging and the demographics show there will be more older people than younger people in the future,” said Pilon. “Chartwell and Groupe Maurice are two developers that specialize in this type of development. They’ve done some surveys and they know how many people will be in the market to purchase these types of units.”

As people get older, many seniors tend to sell their houses and move into the types of seniors residences that are being built by Chartwell so they can be closer to services, said Pilon. He added that the new project is not only for Vaudreuil-Dorion residents, but is open to all seniors throughout the region who will be willing to relocate and move into the new facility as its various stages are completed.

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