If you think Vaudreuil’s centre is built up now, just wait a few years.
The next phase of development for the growing city is to add density to what will become the city’s downtown core with condo and commercial high-rises slated to be built near the train station. About 2,000 new residential units will be added to the area, the city has said.
“It will be high density,” said Guy Pilon, the mayor of Vaudreuil Dorion. “That has been planned for many years.”
The city has zoned commercial and condo towers of up to 12 storeys in the area near the train station on the block of De La Gare Blvd., and also on part of Boileau St. near the train station and the Multi-Sports centre.
It’s part of a plan by the Montreal Metropolitan Region to concentrate development around transit hubs, known as a transit-oriented development.
“The idea is to be able to walk around the area as much as possible,” explained city spokesperson France Lavoie.
She said plans call for condo and commercial towers with small service-type businesses on the ground floor like convenience stores or book stores, not like the big box stores that already pervade the area.
But the plans to densify may raise the ire of local residents who have already complained to the city about traffic.
Pilon said there are plans to add another turning lane at the intersection of Cité des Jeunes Blvd. and De La Gare. The province has also promised to build a new overpass where St-Charles Ave. crosses the Trans-Canada Highway to double its width. Though St-Charles Ave. itself won’t be widened.
The new development won’t be all commercial and residential. Starting next year, the area will get an ambulatory care clinic run by the area’s CLSC, which will have family doctors and specialists. Other doctors and health care professionals will likely set up practices in the area.
A hospital promised for 2018 could also be built nearby, and there are hopes of building a CEGEP in the core as well.
Pilon said while the city’s master plan has called for high density in the area, the use of the land could change as the city’s needs evolve.
“We have made some changes already, because Cité des Jeunes (east of St-Charles Ave.) used to be zoned for trucking companies and other types of businesses that made noise, so we adjusted it because of all the homes that are nearby.”
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