Vaudreuil-Dorion mulls possible affordable housing project
By John Jantak
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
A boarded-up house at 3 and 5 Rue St. Michel in Vaudreuil-Dorion is set to be demolished to make way for a possible affordable housing project on the current site and adjacent plot of vacant land.
A boarded up building on Rue St. Michel and the adjacent empty land could be the site of a new affordable housing project it was announced at the Vaudreuil-Dorion council meeting on March 15.
“It’s a building that hasn’t been used for a while, maybe two or three years now,” Director General Olivier Van Neste told The Journal. “We’ve been in discussions with the owner to bring the property back to life but in the end we made an offer to buy it and it will be demolished as soon as the transaction is completed.”
The building is located next to a plot of land owned by the Sisters of Sainte-Anne, a Roman Catholic religious institute that was founded in 1850 in Vaudreuil. It formerly housed a religious school that was eventually demolished.
Regional body will oversee project
“It’s very interesting because the vacant house is next to the empty green space that is all fenced up which was given to the city. One of the conditions we were given for the land was to use it either for a park or affordable housing. Now that the house is available we increased the size of the affordable housing project that could be built on this site,” said Van Neste.
“It’s not the city itself that would do the project if it’s ever done but the Office d’habitation, a regional organization that would take care of that. It used to be an independent organization but the Municipalité Régionale de Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges is now in charge of it. It’s mostly mayors from the MRC that are that are on the board,” Van Neste added.
After the house is demolished, it could be offered to the Office d’habitation to find a project that would be suitable for the area. “It won’t necessarily be social housing but affordable housing,” reiterated Van Neste.
Sport activities resume
The recent provincial government directive to push back the start of the daily evening pandemic curfew from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. has allowed the city to begin offering its residents climbing, badminton and pickleball at the Centre Multisports from March 27 until May 16. Participation in these sports is allowed for single individuals or within a family bubble. Participants are asked to register online on the city’s website two days before the activity.
The relaxation of the curfew has also allowed for the addition of time slots for open swimming at the pool and free skating at the municipal arena. A session of five swimming lessons will also be offered from April 10 to May 9 for children from Junior 5 to Junior 10 levels, within a family bubble. Registration for residents will begin on March 24 at 12:30 p.m. and non-residents will be able to register beginning on March 26 at 8:30 a.m.
The curfew change also allows the municipal library to extend its opening hours. As of March 29, it will welcome users according to its usual schedule, from Monday to Friday, between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
For more information regarding the activities, visit the city’s website at https://www.ville.vaudreuil-dorion.qc.ca/en/recreation-and-culture/activities-and-events/drop-in-activities.