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New French elementary school slated for Vaudreuil-Dorion


Vaudreuil-Dorion council announced at the Monday evening council meeting that upcoming projects in the region involve a new school, new housing development, and repaving of the notoriously bumpy 10-km stretch of Route Harwood.

Construction of a new French language primary school will proceed to accommodate the growing number of students in Vaudreuil-Dorion, announced Mayor Guy Pilon at the Monday evening council meeting on August 14.

The new three-storey school will have 3000 square-metres of floor space and will be under the administration of the Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs. Pilon said he’s happy with the announcement and said it indicates the city is still growing and requires a new educational facility to accommodate the increase in families with young children who continue to move there.

As the amount of vacant land available for development continues to dwindle, Pilon said he’s pleased that the school commission decided to build a three-storey structure on land that has already been set aside for its construction. He added there’s enough demand to proceed with the project. “The school will be full when construction is completed,” Pilon told Your Local Journal.

No word yet regarding new English school

The mayor added that land has also been set aside to build a new English-language primary school but the city has not received any indication from the Lester B. Pearson School Board as to whether they will proceed with a similar project.

“I sent the school board a message a few months ago after speaking to some parents who wanted to know if a new English school would be built, but I told them we haven’t received any requests. We set aside land because we want to do the same thing like we’re doing for the French school board, but we still haven’t received an answer,” said Pilon.

“The Pierre Elliot Trudeau School is very nice but it was built many years ago. If the English school board doesn’t need a new school, that’s fine, but I’m a bit surprised because this is the third school that we’re building for the French school board,” Pilon added.

New housing development

The continuing influx of new residents into the city has prompted council to announce that another new housing development will be built at the intersection of Boulevard Cité-des-Jeunes and rue Jean-Béliveau. The development will be comprised of three-floor townhouses with about 200 individual units, said Pilon, who added that for the first time all the electric and telephone line infrastructure will be built underground.

“Residents will not have to look at hydro poles attached with electric wires and telephones cables when they are in their backyards,” said Pilon. “It will be a true green space. The total investment will be about $100 million. And because this project will be close to a school, we anticipate it will attract more families than if multi-storey condo units were built.”

Pilon anticipates full-scale construction could begin soon after the developer builds its first promotional model which could at anytime, he said.

Route Harwood repaving

It’s official. The city will proceed with its project to repave the entire stretch of Highway 342 – Route Harwood – between the junctions of Autoroute 20 and Autoroute 40 beginning this fall. The $7 million cost of the project will be shared equally between the city and the provincial government.

The current condition of the almost 10-km stretch of Route Harwood, which has large sections of potholes, cracked and uneven pavement, has earned the roadway the unenviable distinction of being the third worst roadway within the Montérégie, according to the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA).

“This is the best new we’ve received,” said Pilon. “We’ve been working on this for the past four years and we’ll only have to pay one-half the cost. We’ve just signed the papers with the Ministry of Transport. Work should begin by the end of September and be completed by the end of November.”

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