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Vaudreuil-Dorion committee will make recommendations for Harwood revitalization


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Vaudreuil-Dorion residents are invited to submit suggestions to the new committee who will in turn make recommendations for the revitalization of Harwood Boulevard.

A committee has been established to determine the best strategies to take for the continued revitalization of Harwood Boulevard and implement recommendations that have already been made.

“We started the revitalization process in 2014 with our public consultation meetings as part of our strategy,” Mayor Guy Pilon told The Journal during a telephone interview on July 16. “Now we formed a committee that will make recommendations for the things we will do to change the look of the boulevard. We want more trees and development to make it look nicer.”

Ambitious goal

From the onset of its ambitious goal, the city held five information sessions, conducted an online survey to receive public input, held four participatory design workshops, received briefs that were submitted from five organizations in the region, held a public consultation meeting, and had a health impact assessment study conducted by the Montérégie public health branch.

The involvement of all the groups and public participation allowed the city to receive a complete portrait of the territory which helped to influence the city’s strategy when it began to develop its urban development plans to revitalize the area, said Pilon. “It helped to determine the types of projects that can be done on Harwood,” he said.

Subsidized social housing

City council announced in March that a new subsidized social housing complex will be built on the west side of Chemin de Lotbinière (Route 338), south of Boulevard Harwood as part of the revitalization. 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.

The city is also working with promoters on some “big projects” and with the owner of the commercial building that formerly housed the CLSC to find a new vocation for the structure, said Pilon. “The transformation is ongoing even though it may not be obvious. There’s always something that’s being done,” he said.

Urban street festival

The revitalization also focuses on other aspects that bring people together, said Pilon. The city began hosting an annual urban street festival at Rue Dumont, below Harwood just west of Avenue Saint-Henri, to bring citizens into the area as a way to help promote local merchants. This year’s event will also include the Festival Artefact at Place Dumont which will feature live musicians and bands performing for three days beginning on Thursday, July 26.

The landmark water tower on Rue Dumont will also get a fresh coat of paint as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations to commemorate the 1994 merger of Dorion and Vaudreuil-Dorion. “It will look beautiful,” said Pilon.

Suggestions welcomed

The Harwood Boulevard revitalization committee is chaired by District 1 Councillor Josée Clément who invited residents to continue contributing their ideas and suggestions regarding the revitalization efforts.

The committee advisors are Councillor François Séguin (District 2); Councillor Paul Dumoulin (District 8); Olivier Van Neste, Director of Development and Regional Planning; Chantal St-Laurent, Urban Planner and Development Consultant; Yves-Olivier Palardy, Public Works Department Division Manager; France Lavoie, Director of Communication Services, and representatives from Développement Vaudreuil-Soulanges (DEV-VS).

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