• John Jantak

Vaudreuil-Dorion library expansion will include facilities for cultural activities


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Mayor Guy Pilon said the city is currently in the planning stage for an extension that will be built to the library on Jeannotte Street.

Vaudreuil-Dorion is proceeding with plans to expand its library, announced Mayor Guy Pilon at the July 4, Monday evening council meeting.

The mayor made the announcement after a resident asked council whether a recent media report stating that the expansion would cost around $10 million was accurate. Pilon said the cost was exaggerated and the figure proposed by the city is much less.

“The total cost of the library expansion will be about $7 million,” Pilon told Your Local Journal. “This includes a $3 million subsidy from the provincial government but we’ll have to follow certain criteria to get the full amount.”

The region’s two provincial MNAs, Marie-Claude Nichols (Vaudreuil) and Lucie Charlebois (Soulanges) both announced the provincial subsidy for the city’s library during a press conference last week as part of an overall list of investments that are being made by the provincial government in the region.

The library expansion goes beyond creating more space to house books and audio-visual material, said Pilon. Its overall scope is to broaden the range of services offered to residents by providing rooms where groups and organizations can stage and host various cultural and social activities.

Pilon added that the term ‘library’ is becoming antiquated throughout Quebec as more facilities start to expand their range of services to include cultural events. “We want to create spaces where people can come together and participate in different activities,” said Pilon.

Before the expansion begins, the city will determine whether it will add a second floor, but the most viable option would be to build a ground floor extension because there is already ample vacant space adjacent to the current building which is located on Jeannotte Street, said Pilon.

“First we have to decide what we want,” said Pilon. “Then we’ll have an architect prepare a concept and design. When the library was originally built, it was designed to allow for an expansion on the left side of the building.”

When the architectural plans are finalized, work on the expansion could begin by late 2017 or early 2018, said Pilon.

Cartier Street sidewalks

After almost 40 years, residents living on Cartier Street between Boulevard Cité-des-Jeunes and Leclerc Street will finally have sidewalks and storm drains built after a resolution was adopted to proceed with the infrastructure work.

Pilon said that for some reason, the work was never done when the street was originally built and it’s now time to complete the project.

“It’s a small street and it has to be done,” said Pilon. “Now we’re finalizing something that should have been done 30 or 40 years ago. It hasn’t been a real frustration for the people who live there, but over the years they’ve been asking us to do something and now we’re going to do it.”

The infrastructure work will be done this fall and completed in about three weeks at a cost of about $350,000, said Pilon.

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