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Vaudreuil-Soulanges mayors dig in to announce new MRC headquarters’ construction


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Terrasse-Vaudreuil Councillor Jean-Pierre Brazeau (left), Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal, L’Île-Perrot Mayor Marc Roy, Notre Dame de l’Île Perrot Mayor Danie Deschênes, St. Lazare Mayor Robert Grimaudo and Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon watch as MRC Prefect and Mayor of Très St. Rédempteur Jean Lalonde (centre), throws a shovel full of earth during a sod-turning ceremony to mark the start of construction of the new MRC headquarters on Harwood Blvd. in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Tuesday, May 3.

Mayors from throughout the Municipalité Régionale de Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil Soulanges took part in a sod turning ceremony that officially launched the start of construction of the new MRC headquarters that will be built on the south side of Harwood Blvd near the corner of Route de Lotbinière in Vaudreuil-Dorion on Tuesday, May 3.

Jean Lalonde, MRC Prefect and Mayor of Très St. Rédempteur, said the new $5.5 million structure marks the start of a new beginning for the organization as the municipal governing board that represents the 23 Vaudreuil-Soulanges municipalities prepares to consolidate its operations into one central location.

When completed by early 2017, the new MRC headquarters will also house the region’s municipal courthouse which is currently located in a rented mall space on rue Dutrisac, and the Centre local de développement (CLD) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges which operates on the second floor of an office complex near Highway 40.

Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon said the location of the new MRC headquarters on Harwood marks the official start of the city’s major urban revitalization plan Sur Harwood that will slowly transform the major artery into an urban-style commercial and residential green zone.

“Some buildings have already been renovated on Harwood but this is the first concrete project with a completely new building,” said Pilon. “It’s a new start. This is the perfect project that will showcase our revitalization program over the next few years”

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Vaudreuil-Soulanges Prefect and Mayor of Très St. Rédempteur Jean Lalonde announces the official start of construction of the new MRC headquarters on Harwood Blvd in Vaudreuil-Dorion at a sod-turning ceremony held Tuesday, May 3.

He added that the centralization of MRC services and close proximity to the Highways 20-30-40 road network and easy access to public transportation systems will provide easier access to the new headquarters and bring in more people.

“For us it’s a big plus and this shows the reality of what we want to do here, a mix of residential, commercial and institutional buildings.” said Pilon. “There will be more announcements to come in the next few weeks and months.”

The consensus among all the mayors who attended was that having one location will provide easier access to services. “It will be very nice to have all the staff and resources in one building,” said L’Île-Perrot Mayor Marc Roy. “Right now we have to go to three separate buildings if we want to see someone. Soon everyone will be in the same place and that will be amazing.”

Lalonde said the architectural design of the building will showcase the region’s agrarian roots. “Our aim is to make sure this building reflects not only the identity of Harwood Blvd, but of the entire region,” he said.

“The building will integrate Potsdam stone, legendary within the MRC, and pay tribute to the agricultural heritage of Vaudreuil-Soulanges,” added Lalonde. “We have also made sure this building will integrate the MRC’s cultural and environmental values.”

Vaudreuil provincial Liberal MNA and former Mayor of Notre Dame de l’Île Perrot Marie-Claude Nichols said the announcement was a long time in coming and reflects the region’s growing dynamism as an increasing number of people move into the area.

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