New residential high-rise complex slated for Harwood Boulevard in Vaudreuil-Dorion
By John Jantak
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
Heavy construction machinery is seen on a vacant lot on Harwood Boulevard at the corner of Rue Bellemare in Vaudreuil-Dorion. The city is moving forward with its plans to build a new high-rise residential project on the site.
The rejuvenation of Harwood Boulevard is moving forward after Vaudreuil-Dorion council announced at its June 21 meeting that it will proceed with plans to build a new residential complex along the busy boulevard and the entire eastern stretch of Rue Bellemare up to Rue Chicoine.
The residential complex will be constructed on vacant land at the site of the former Eagle Compressor industrial facility which was demolished last year. The complex will feature 233 units between six to eight floors, have underground parking capacity and also feature six townhouses. There will also be a private well that will provide non-potable water for exterior use.
‘A big plus for the neighbourhood’
“The contractors are obliged to have a well for watering things such as the grass, plants, and for washing cars,” Mayor Guy Pilon told The Journal. “It will be a very nice project and it will be a big plus for the neighbourhood. This will be a nice new addition for Vaudreuil-Dorion and it will not be the last one.
“We’ve met with different contractors and developers and every year there will be something new. There will be many beautiful things on Harwood every year,” said Pilon.
Two heavy construction vehicles are already parked on the empty lot with construction expected to begin in the fall. “We have all the agreements now so everything is okay. We are going to deliver the construction permit. I suppose they will want to complete the underground portion before the winter,” said Pilon.
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Harwood rejuvenation plan
The residential project is just one of several new construction initiatives that are slated for Harwood as part of the city’s plan to rejuvenate the boulevard and convert it into a major residential/commercial corridor, said Pilon. “We’re looking ahead to the next five to 10 years and eventually Harwood will become an urban boulevard. It will be like Avenue Saint-Charles and Boulevard de la Gare, he said.
While the city is still awaiting word from the provincial government regarding when it will proceed with the extension of Highway 20 through Dorion which will help ease the traffic backlog, Pilon said the city is moving forward with the new high-density residential project as if the extension was already in place.
“We know we’re doing the right thing and we know we have to do some densification if we want to have these types of projects and we are happy with the result. It will be amazing and very beautiful. We’re now transferring what we did in the Vaudreuil sector to the Dorion sector,” said Pilon.
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