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Ste. Anne’s moves ahead with Parc Robillard redesign

By John Jantak


The restoration work at Ste. Anne’s Braerob Farmhouse is ‘bittersweet’ as had it been done sooner, much of the original interior could have been preserved.

Sainte-Anne- de-Bellevue council adopted a resolution at the Monday evening council meeting on July 5 to proceed with plans to redesign Parc Robillard in the north sector of the city. The actual work is expected to begin next year.

“We’re finally kicking off the redesign with the preparation of plans and development specifications for the park,” said Mayor Paola Hawa. “This has been a project that has been long in coming and it should have been done last year but COVID delayed everything by one year.

“It’s an interesting concept. It’s very avant-garde in the sense that it’s not a park like you would see anywhere else. It reflects our character in terms of being near and respectful of nature. There are chairs to enjoy nature and the butterfly and bee gardens. We spruced it up a bit just to make it more family-oriented and more in line with the character of Ste. Anne’s,” added Hawa.

Maison Claude-Robillard restoration work

Work is still underway to preserve the remains of the historic Maison Claude-Robillard also known as the Braerob Farmhouse. The roof was demolished a few months ago and plastic tarp has been placed atop the remaining stone walls to prevent further deterioration of the structure.

“This is the sad thing. The roof put a lot of pressure on the walls so we had to remove it. If we had done this six years ago, at least when we initially had $1 million on the table, we could have saved the inside of it. There were original beautifully carved wood and original materials. It’s bittersweet that we’re saving the walls and foundation. We could have saved so much more,” said Hawa.


Sainte-Anne Street will become shared

A portion of Sainte-Anne Street in the downtown core of the village will become a shared street beginning this Saturday, July 10. The city’s initiative was inspired by similar projects that have been gaining traction across the province which aims to encourage better sharing of the roadway among pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.

For three weeks, pedestrians will have right of way at all times on Sainte-Anne Street, between Saint-Pierre Street and Christie Street. Unlike pedestrian-only streets, car drivers and cyclists will still be able to use the street, but the speed limit will be reduced to 20 km/hour.

Traffic-calming measures will be in place

Street signs, speed bumps and other traffic-calming measures will be introduced to encourage people to slow down. On-street parking spaces on this section of the street will become timed parking zones for a maximum of 15 minutes. The street design will also include flower boxes, urban furniture and other seasonal installations to encourage passersby to take advantage of the area in total safety.

“Our goal with this pilot project is to encourage both residents and visitors to take advantage of Sainte-Anne Street,” said Hawa. “We want them to go for a stroll, shop at local businesses, stop for an ice-cream cone and really enjoy everything this public space has to offer. We’re inviting people to discover or rediscover the street and the heart of the village now that we can finally get back to our favourite summer activities.”