New city hall and indoor aquatic centre part of Vaudreuil-Dorion’s five-year vision
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Vaudreuil-Dorion has earmarked $6.4 million as part of its quinquennial plan to build a new fire station to replace the current outdated facility on Rue de Lotbinière near Harwood Boulevard.
A municipal hub which will house the new city hall/library and indoor aquatic centre are just two of 11 major projects that were announced as part of Vaudreuil-Dorion’s quinquennial plan that was unveiled by city Treasurer and Director of Financial Services Marco Pilon during a special sitting of council before the start of its regular meeting on Monday, October 7.
The city hall/library project has an estimated price tag of $31.8 million. The aquatic centre is pegged at $32 million. They will be built on vacant land on Émile-Bouchard Street that was purchased by the city for building both facilities. They are expected to be completed by 2022.
A vision for the future
Mayor Guy Pilon stressed that all the projects are visions as to what the city hopes to accomplish regarding future developments. It does not mean they will all proceed according to current specifications. A lot will depend on the amount of subsidies it receives from the federal and provincial governments, said Pilon.
“This is what we would like to see happen within the next five years from 2020 to 2024 if it’s possible,” Pilon told The Journal during a telephone interview on October 8.
New city hall and hub a necessity
A new city hall is a necessity for the city which has been renting office space at its current location on 2555 Dutrisac Street since 1977. The current rent is $200,000 annually. With the amount of money the city has spent on its lease, it could have had its own city hall a long time ago. Vaudreuil-Dorion is also the only municipality in Quebec with a population of 40,000 that does not have a city hall, said Pilon.
The municipal hub is a major project for the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion, which aims to ensure that citizens have access to the train station and bus terminal, Centre Multisports, City Hall, a library and the aquatic centre within the same area. It’s also a way for the city to offer centralized services in a high-density sector.
The hub is also located close to major highways and the future hospital. Fifty-one per cent of housing in the city is located less than two kilometres from the site and 95 per cent is located less than four kilometres which makes the location an ideal spot for a municipal hub, according to the city’s website.
Other infrastructure proposals
Pilon stressed the items in its five year plan for the city including the aquatic centre – which is pegged at $32 million – are what the city envisions for its future. “Each year we determine what the financial implications are for the taxpayer. People need to know we will not go beyond a certain level of tax increase to realize these projects,” said Pilon.
Other items in the city’s five year plan include $25 million allocated for infrastructure upgrades, $16.1 million for the expansion of Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes, $9.1 million to expand and improve the public transit system and $6.4 million to replace the existing fire station on Rue de Lotbinière with a new one.