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New social housing units planned for Vaudreuil-Dorion

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Phase one of construction to expand a single lane stretch of Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes into two lanes in each direction from Rue Jeannotte west to Avenue Marc-Aurèle-Fortin will begin this year and includes expanding the boulevard onto the Réseau de Transport (RTM) commuter rail line tracks from Marc-Aurèle-Fortin to Rue Bill-Durnan. Phase two to enlarge the road between Rue Bill-Durnan and Rue Henry-Ford will completed in 2019.

Vaudreuil-Dorion council voted unanimously at the Monday evening meeting on March 5 to acquire a parcel of land in the Dorion sector for the construction of affordable subsidized social housing units.

The lot is located on the west side of Chemin de Lotbinière (Route 338), south of Boulevard Harwood, near some light industrial buildings. The project will be built in two phases. The first phase will be a 33-unit building and the second phase will be comprised of nine housing units for people with disabilities. It is still uncertain when construction will begin.

The new units will be available to all eligible people who live in Vaudreuil-Soulanges, said Mayor Guy Pilon. While there is a great need for subsidized housing throughout the region, Pilon said people are willing to relocate to Vaudreuil-Dorion because of the easy access to a wide range of available services including public transit, shopping and medical services.

Great need for social housing

The proposed super-hospital for Vaudreuil-Dorion near Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes and Autoroute 30 is also an important factor for people wanting to move closer to the area, said Pilon. He acknowledged the project is welcome news because of the significant demand for social housing throughout the region, but it isn’t easy to plan projects.

“We have to find land, that’s the main issue. People also cannot pay more than a certain amount for their rent. Towns have to bring projects that are compatible with the requirements stipulated by the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM). If the project is approved, the money is there,” Pilon told The Journal.

CMM reimbursement

The CMM’s role in helping off-island municipalities is also crucial because they provide the necessary financial assistance to allow subsidized housing projects to proceed. “Each year, we make contributions to the CMM to allow for land purchases for social housing. We’re paying for the land but the CMM will reimburse us from their fund,” said Pilon.

“It’s important for Vaudreuil-Soulanges municipalities to take advantage of the financial reimbursements available from the CMM for social housing otherwise the money will go to North Shore and South Shore municipalities to finance their projects,” added Pilon.

The largest social housing project built in Vaudreuil-Dorion to date is the La Seigneurie de Vaudreuil, a two-phase project comprised of 73 units and 83 units respectively. There are five other smaller facilities throughout the city, said Pilon.

The new project is also being financed by AccèsLogis Québec, a financial aid program run by the provincial government’s Société d’habitation du Québec. AccèsLogis encourages the pooling of public, community, and private resources for the creation of public and community housing for low and modest income households and for tenants with special needs.

Boulevard enlargement

Council unanimously adopted a resolution to complete the expansion of the single lane stretch of Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes into a full-fledged, two-lane boulevard in each direction. The project will be built in two phases.

The first phase planned for this year will include the stretch of road from Rue Jeannotte west to Avenue Marc-Aurèle-Fortin and includes expanding the boulevard onto the Réseau de Transport (RTM) commuter rail line tracks from Marc-Aurèle-Fortin to Rue Bill-Durnan.

The RTM will be responsible for this part of the expansion. The ditch alongside the Quinchien River will be repaired and the small rail bridge that crosses the river will be solidified. “We gave them the right to work for us because it’s their property, but we will pay for our share of the work that has to be done,” said Pilon.

The second phase will begin in 2019 to complete the boulevard expansion between Rue Bill-Durnan and Rue Henry-Ford.

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