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New 17-storey building with be tallest in Vaudreuil-Dorion

Public info meeting set for October 30 at Centre Multisports

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

A billboard at the site of a new 402-unit apartment rental development in Vaudreuil-Dorion announces details of the project and an upcoming public information meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30 at the Centre Multisports on Boulevard de la Gare.

The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion announced a change in date and venue for its public information session regarding a major new high-rise residential development on the south side of Rue Émile-Bouchard. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 30, at the Centre Multisports, 3093 Boulevard de la Gare.

The date and location were changed to allow the city time to prepare for what they anticipate will be a large turnout of citizens who are eager to hear about the enormous the scale of the new 402-unit residential apartment rental project.

Two-tiered structures

The project will comprise four separate two-tiered structures. The first structure will have 17 and 14 floors respectively, which will make it the tallest building in Vaudreuil-Dorion. The adjacent two-tiered building will have nine and six floors.

The next two buildings, which will face the planned new city hall and library, will have 15 and 12 floors, and eight and six floors respectively. The four buildings will be close to the Centre Multisports and the Réseau de Transport Métropolitain (RTM) Vaudreuil train station on Boulevard de la Gare.

Preserving sunlight

The purpose of the two-tiered buildings that decline in height sequentially is to make sure nearby houses don’t lose their sunlight, said Chantal St-Laurent, an urbanist with the city’s urban development and planning department.

St-Laurent, along with District 3 Councillor Jasmine Sharma and Communications Officer Jessica Genest, met with The Journal to discuss the project at City Hall on October 9.

The developer’s original specification called for four, 12-storey buildings, said St-Laurent. After reviewing the proposal, the city asked the developer to do a study on whether the structures would affect sunlight.

Architectural rendering of the development

Revised concept

It was determined the height would cast a permanent shadow onto some of the nearby houses in an area known as the ‘hockey’ sector. The developer was asked to create a revised concept. The declining, two-tiered proposal was deemed a suitable alternative.

“When I initially saw the revised project, the 17 storeys worried me,” said Sharma. “I sat with the urban planners and they showed me what the difference was between the four 12-storey buildings versus the gradation being presented now. It makes it more interesting for the people in the hockey area because there is a progression in height instead of being stuck with four massive buildings.

High-rise zone

Not everyone is pleased with the project. Some residents voiced their concerns during the city council meeting on October 2 saying they don’t want to look at high-rises from their backyards. The city says the site is zoned for a high-density development.

The challenge was to find the right structure configuration for the four buildings, said Sharma. “Part of the misinformation right now is that if you’re opposed to the project, you’re going to wind up with just an empty field. This promoter is interested in developing. He has the right to have four buildings as long as he respects the density,” she added.

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