• John Jantak

City hall will be part of new Vaudreuil-Dorion civic centre


Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon said the city’s new city hall, library and aquatic centre will be built near Rue Elmer-Lach and Rue Émile-Bouchard across the street from the Centre Multisports and close to the RTM passenger train station and bus depot near Boulevard-de-la-Gare.

Construction of the new $10 million Vaudreuil-Dorion City Hall will begin in about 18 months as part of a new civic centre complex that will include a public library and aquatic centre, Mayor Guy Pilon told The Journal.

The announcement comes after council unanimously adopted a resolution at the Monday evening council meeting June 4 to renew the lease at the current location of its city hall on the second floor of a strip mall at 2555 rue Dutrisac.

The extension of the $250,000 annual lease was made to continue housing the city’s administrative personnel and services until construction of the new city hall is completed, possibly by 2022. Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2020.

Central location

The library will be built next to the new city hall with a connection between both buildings. They will be located on the corner of Rue Elmer-Lach and Rue Émile-Bouchard across the street from the Centre Multisports. Plans are also being drawn up to build the city’s new aquatic centre next to the city hall and library.

The decision to locate all three facilities in one central location instead of having them scattered was suggested by a city director, said Pilon. “He said maybe it would be better if they were all in the same place. It’s more practical.”

The city had already received a $5 million subsidy from the provincial government to help with the cost of upgrading the current library on Rue Jeanotte. When the city learned the subsidy could also apply to the construction of a new building, that’s when they decided to build a new library instead and make it a part of the new city hall. Building the aquatic centre in the same area also made sense, said Pilon.

Civic centre

“It will make it easier for our citizens, administration and everything. We looked at the plans for the town and found an empty lot. The owner didn’t seem to have many offers so we bought the land. It’s near the parking lot for the Réseau de transport métropolitain (RTM) and across the street from the sports centre. We decided it was a good idea to regroup all the buildings and build a kind of civic centre,” said Pilon.

Its location next to the train and bus depots near Boulevard de la Gare also makes it an ideal spot Pilon added. “It’s a big plus. We also have the city’s highest population density in that area which is why we decided to go ahead with this proposition,” said Pilon.

Architectural concepts

The city will have a better idea of how the combined structure will look after two architectural concepts are completed. “If everything goes well, we will start construction of these two buildings at the same time,” said Pilon.

The current library will be kept to host and house various community organizations. It will also have a small satellite library. “People will be able to continue getting their books and use the internet,” said Pilon. “It will be in a small corner and the rest of the building will be used by different community groups.”