Coming soon to De la Gare Blvd.: an ambulatory health centre and a whole lot more condos.
The street was the subject of a change to a part of the city’s master plan, the Vaudreuil-Dorion council explained during a public consultation meeting Monday night.
“We decided to make the change after we saw the call for tenders for a building issued by the Centre de santé et de services sociaux Vaudreuil-Soulanges,” Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon said. “Their criteria were so specific, we wanted to make sure there were enough people who could all compete for the spot (on Cité des Jeunes).”
Announced last July, the new health centre is expected to open next year, and will bring together all health services now offered in different locales. The CSSS also plans to add a family medicine practice and a whack of new specialists, including pediatricians, which are in desperate demand in the fast-growing region. The health body is in discussions with McGill University in an effort to attract new physicians to the region.
When news of the new health services broke, The Gazette received inquiries about getting on a waiting list to become patients of the new doctors, but a spokesperson for the CSSS said it’s still too soon. However, area residents can visit the CLSC Vaudreuil-Dorion on Harwood Blvd. and fill out a form to get on a waiting list for family doctors.
Pilon said the CSSS will be signing a 10-year-lease, so the council wanted to ensure the bidding process was competitive to ensure the best possible site.
However, not everyone is happy with the town’s change to its master plan, which affects the area around De la Gare and Cité des Jeunes Blvd.
Although increasing density wasn’t part of Monday night’s consultation, Jackie Barbieri said she’d like to see the city scale back plans for the area.
“We live in a very residential area, and that’s how we thought it would stay when we first moved in,” Barbieri said. “We’re concerned about traffic in the area. There’s already a lot of congestion, so with more density, we’re worried it’s going to get worse.”
She said she’s concerned her small residential street will be used as a short cut to bypass traffic bottlenecks.
Pilon said that section of the city was always pegged for high-density development since it is the city’s core, and it’s close to the train station.
However, Michael Sochaczevski, an area developer said he believes the city’s development is well thought out.
“The city is very progressive in what it’s doing, and has always been open to reasonable development,” Sochaczevski said.
He added he’s concerned about some grumbling from residents who seem to resist new development. He said it was a big mistake for them to organize and defeat a plan by the city to extend André Chartrand Ave.
In October, the city scrapped plans for a proposed overpass over the Quinchien River that would have linked the Rivière de la Cité district with the city’s commercial sector. Residents complained about having to pay for the bridge, which would have meant about $300 more in taxes for a period of 40 years.
“It means 500 homes are virtually trapped,” Sochaczevski said. “They can hit a golf ball to where they want to go, but they have to drive around for three kilometres to get there.”
On Tuesday, the city said it has no plans to revisit the file.