Affordable housing project proposed for Rigaud
PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG
Vacant lots owned by the Town of Rigaud will be sold to accommodate an affordable housing project.
Rigaud town council took the first steps in the realization of a 72-unit affordable housing project by approving a resolution to sell several pieces of property owned by the town on rue des Geais-Bleus during the monthly council meeting on Monday, May 14. The vacant lots are located on a dead-end street that intersects with rue de la Coopérative west of the abandoned Rigaud train station.
“It’s not the town that will be building the project,” Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. told The Journal on Thursday, May 16. “We are selling the property to a regional organization,” he added referring to l’Office régional d’habitation Vaudreuil-Soulanges. That organization is responsible for overseeing access to affordable housing at the local level. According to the resolution, the land would be sold at market price value established by an officially recognized evaluator.
“There have always been programs in place but these are new programs enabling us to adapt to the needs of 2018,” said the mayor. Another participant in the project would be the Groupe de ressources techniques du Sud-Ouest, an organization that oversees the financing and development of community housing. Funding for the project would be provided through the provincial government program AccèsLogis Québec.
“We need to do something to attract people to work in Rigaud,” said the mayor. “We have companies that don’t have enough employees.”
When asked how soon the project would happen, Gruenwald replied, “I think if we get all of the paperwork done in 2018, and start building in 2019, it will be a success.” He said plans and drawings of the project would become available later this year, possibly by the end of September.
Benefits for the town
“It’s a really positive thing. It’s good for young families to have access to reasonable housing prices – that’s a must,” said Gruenwald. He noted the town was lowering its inventory of nontaxable land. “Once something is built on those properties, we will be able to collect property taxes.”