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MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges announces plans for new headquarters


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Jean Lalonde, MRC Prefect and Mayor of Très St. Rédempteur, announces a construction project that will consolidate the MRC head office, municipal courthouse and the Centre Local Développement Vaudreuil-Soulanges (CLDVS) into a new three-storey building on Harwood Boulevard in Vaudreuil-Dorion, on Tuesday, May 5.

The Municipalité Régionale de Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges announced a construction project Tuesday, May 5, that will consolidate its head office, municipal courthouse and the Centre Local Développement (CLD) Vaudreuil-Soulanges, the region’s economic development organization, into a new three-storey building on Harwood Boulevard in Vaudreuil-Dorion.

The consolidation and central location of the new MRC headquarters means people will have easier access to a wide range of services and help administrators to better manage their activities, said MRC Director General Guy-Lin Beaudoin. “For the first time, all of our services will be under one roof,” said Beaudoin. “They will be more easily available for our population, especially with the Dorion train station close by. One of our roles is urban planning and we’re a part of the biggest urban planning project in Vaudreuil- Dorion. Hats off to the city for their vision and sense of community. It’s a dream coming true.”

The three entities are currently scattered in three separate buildings. The courthouse is located in a shopping mall on Rue Dutrisac and the CLD is on Rue Aimé Vincent in the city’s industrial park. The new location means the MRC will no longer have to pay rent for these facilities.

The MRC headquarters on St. Charles Avenue has also outlived its usefulness because it is unable to adequately house its administrative staff and has difficulty accommodating citizens who attend the monthly council meetings, said Jean Lalonde, MRC Prefect and Mayor of Très St. Rédempteur. The project fits in perfectly with Vaudreuil-Dorion’s urban plan to rejuvenate Harwood by bringing in more commerce, residential units and green spaces to an area that some people feel has long been neglected, said Mayor Guy Pilon. “This is the first official change and it’s the start of something good,” said Pilon. “It’s a long-term project that will take place over the next 20 to 30 years. I’ve told our citizens that you’re going to see some changes every year and more projects will follow. This is the first step in revitalizing Harwood.”

The city will also consider relocating its City Hall to Harwood when the time comes in the next few years, said Pilon. He also unveiled the city’s new “Sur Harwood” (On Harwood) logo to indicate various aspects of community spirit that will help to make the area distinctive as new projects begin to take shape, including dining, living, shopping, and socializing venues. No estimate was provided on what the new building will cost because the project is currently in the pre-construction tender stage. MRC representatives said the cost of the project will not be shouldered by any of the municipalities within its jurisdiction because of its tight financial budget management protocol. The headquarters will be located on the south side Harwood between Route de Lotbinière and Ranger Avenue. Construction is expected to begin this December and will be completed by November 2016.

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