New artisanal microbrewery slated for Vaudreuil-Dorion draws citizen concerns
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The Brasserie du Bois Blanc Inc., currently located in Hudson, will be moving to 300 Saint-Charles Avenue in Vaudreuil-Dorion to expand their facility.
More than 30 people crowded into the Vaudreuil-Dorion council chamber June 17 public consultation meeting before the start of the regular council session to voice their concerns about an artisanal microbrewery that is being proposed to operate in a residential neighbourhood.
The project will see a former carpet and flooring retail outlet reconverted into a microbrewery at 300 St. Charles Avenue at the intersection of Querbes Street, directly across the street from Valois Park. It will house the Brasserie du Bois Blanc Inc. which is currently located on Main Street in Hudson.
Vaudreuil-Dorion citizens expressed concerns about having a microbrewery and brasserie operating next to a residential neighbourhood along with the eventual influx of traffic and possible odours emanating from the facility when it becomes operational.
Enlarging their current facility
“Right now they are in a small house in Hudson,” Mayor Guy Pilon told The Journal. “They make beer and want to enlarge their production capacity. There’s a huge basement in the building they’re going to move into. They want to have big tanks coming up from the basement up onto the main floor which will be part of the production facility.”
There will also be a place for 82 persons so that they could sample beer, talk and have a bit of food. The microbrewery won’t have a kitchen, but it will have prepared snacks for sale.
“It’s just to accommodate people who want to stay there for a beer,” said Pilon.
Selling specialty beers
The mayor said some of the comments he’s received about the project have been negative, but there are also people who support the project.
“People who live in the area said, ‘Wow. Finally we have something in front of Valois Park where we can have a beer, have a bit of food and relax,’” said Pilon.
“It’s an artisanal brasserie. It’s not a place where a person is going to sit and order 12 beers over two hours. At the price it’s going to be sold and the fact it’s a special beer, you don’t drink five, six, seven beers. It’s not the place. It’s not the kind of beer that you buy in a dozen or half-a-dozen in one shot,” said Pilon.
“There will be a place where people will be able to taste the beer and buy more to take with them if they choose,” he added.
The microbrewery will open after 4 p.m. On weekdays, the will close at 10 p.m. and at midnight on weekends. Pilon said there will be no smells coming from the microbrewery.
“The people in Hudson where the microbrewery is currently located don’t even know there’s a brasserie there,” he said.
Traffic and parking also shouldn’t be much of an issue since the microbrewery will only be open to the public beginning at 4 p.m., said Pilon. “There are at least 50 parking spots at Parc Valois and whatever spaces are available on the neighbouring side streets,” he said.
Rejuvenating Old Dorion
“In Old Dorion, people have to accept certain things. We know that some people will take their bicycles or walk there. At any point, they cannot accommodate more than 82 persons. This is the main issue about this project,” added Pilon.
The mayor added that the microbrewery will help to rejuvenate and breathe new life into the business sector of the neighbourhood.
“Of course there will be more people going into the area but if you want to revive the sector, you need something distinguished. It will be very exclusive. This brasserie has a positive reputation all over Quebec,” said Pilon.