New construction taking shape in Vaudreuil-Dorion and Pincourt
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
Work to convert the former CLSC building in Vaudreuil-Dorion on Harwood Boulevard west of Ranger Avenue into an adult education centre for the Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs is currently underway.
Construction projects are moving forward again in Vaudreuil-Dorion and Pincourt now that provincial government restrictions related to COVID-19 have been loosened which has resulted in employees returning to work last month.
One major project on Harwood Boulevard is a new adult education centre being built by the Commission Scolaire des Trois-Lacs on the site of the former CLSC west of Ranger Avenue.
“They bought it to add some classes because they don’t have enough space right now to accommodate all the four-year-old children and that will be starting preschool this year,” Mayor Guy Pilon told The Journal. “They’re changing the building to make sure everything is okay for adult education.”
It is uncertain whether the building will be completed before the start of the new school year. “They were supposed to open it in September but construction projects throughout the province were shut down in Mid-March. I don’t know if the project is still running on the same schedule,” said Pilon.
The mayor said he’s delighted because the resumption of construction means the city’s vision that was unveiled as a result of public consultation meetings that were held more than five years ago regarding what Harwood will look like in the next 10 to 20 years is finally taking shape.
“I’m very happy about this project. We’re moving forward. We wanted to do something with the old CLSC and the building right next to it which was a compressor company. We’re going to do another project there. You will see a big change in this area in the next few weeks and months. The revitalization of Harwood Boulevard is taking place and the face of the boulevard will change,” said Pilon.
“These are good projects because they’re government projects. These projects will attract other projects. I’m very confident about the future and looking forward for more developments in this area. We also have other projects on the drawing board and we’re hoping to move ahead with them eventually,” said Pilon.
New apartment buildings
Construction on the high-rise residential apartment buildings on the south side of Rue Émile-Bouchard near the Centre Multisports in Vaudreuil-Dorion also restarted last month and now the developer is racing to get the units available in time so that the new tenants will be able to move into them by the July 1 moving day, said Pilon.
“They’re a bit behind and they’re rushing now. I don’t know their exact status but I know they’re working extra hours to get the job done,” said Pilon.
New building in Pincourt
Mayor Yvan Cardinal answered a question on the minds of many Pincourt residents – what’s being built on the west side of Boulevard Cardinal Léger near Fifth Avenue? A new ground floor commercial enterprise with an additional three or four levels of residential units atop it.
The new commercial/residential complex is being built atop a vacant plot of land that housed a gas station that was closed more than two years ago and eventually demolished. Cardinal said the building meets the city’s construction by-law requirements for the sector. “It will bring in a new revenue stream for the city,” said Cardinal.