Vaudreuil-Dorion purchases for MRC building for community organizations
New fire station construction to begin next spring
THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO/CARMEN MARIE FABIO
The former headquarters of the MRC-Vaudreuil-Soulanges has been purchased by the Town of Vaudreuil-Dorion for $500,000 – half its evaluated amount.
The grey stone building that formerly housed the headquarters of the Municipalité Régionale de Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges at 420 Saint-Charles Avenue has been purchased by the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion, it was announced at the Monday evening council meeting on October 5.
“After the MRC moved to their new headquarters on Harwood Boulevard this building was supposed to be rented,” Mayor Guy Pilon told The Journal. “There was an organization that was there a few years ago but they stopped operating. The only thing that was there was the Conseil des arts et de la culture de Vaudreuil-Soulanges (CACVS), a branch of the MRC.
“The MRC was looking at selling the building and the evaluation was a bit over $1 million. We didn’t take the offer because it’s officially zoned as commercial and we didn’t want a restaurant or other type of commerce there,” he added.
Pilon said the town made the MRC an offer to purchase the building for $500,000 in order to protect the historic structure and to maintain its current status as a cultural centre that will house different community organizations.
“We are very happy. For us, $500,000 is the price of some big bungalows. The building is in good shape. We’re going to spend a bit of money to change a few things and eventually we’ll see some organizations going there. I’m very happy because we own the building in our own town,” said Pilon.
There isn’t much to do in terms of renovations, mostly just a fresh paint job and the need to cut down some diseased Ash trees that are still on the property. “Eventually we would like to put a couple of overhead electric wires underground. There’s nothing major or anything that requires urgent care. The new centre is expected to open in 2021,” said Pilon.
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The fire station located at on route Lotbinière will be demolished and construction on a new station is expected to begin next spring.
New fire station
Council also adopted a resolution to extend the lease for the temporary fire station that currently houses its fire trucks and firefighting equipment on Route de Lotbinière near Harwood Boulevard and to rent the next door residential building to house its firefighters when the fire station is demolished.
The new lease and lease extension comes after the city signed a mutual aid agreement for fire services with the Town of Pointe-des-Cascades a few months ago. That’s when Vaudreuil-Dorion learned they could get provincial government subsidies because of its mutual aid agreement for the new fire station they want to build to replace the current outdated facility.
Provincial government subsidies
“We didn’t have any subsidies when we first started the project but because we added another municipality for our firefighting services, we learned we could receive subsides of up to $4 million. We stopped the project and applied for everything we could apply for and we had a positive response from the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’habitation. This is why completion of the new fire station has been delayed for one year,” said Pilon.
The current fire station on Route de Lotbinière is expected to be demolished soon and construction of the new fire station will begin next spring.