Verdun reconfirms social housing on Gaétan Laberge site

By Tracey Arial

At the borough meeting on July 2, Verdun Mayor Jean-François Parenteau reconfirmed that the borough site on Gaétan Laberge will be reserved for more social housing.

“This will slow things down, but we know that citizens want more social housing on that public land, so we’re going to try to make that happen,” said Parenteau to applause from many attendees from Verdun’s Citizen Action Committee (CACV).

The meeting was held in a tent in Elgar Park on Nuns’ Island instead of occurring in city hall.

“This is a chance for citizens of all ages to come and meet us and these meetings in the park during summer,” said Parenteau. “I think you can see that it is a success,” he said pointing to the packed tent and several people standing outdoors trying to listen.

July’s meeting was the second of three outdoor meetings the borough planned for this summer. The June 3 one took place in a tent on Nuns’ Island northern point in Esplanade Park. The tent was full then too.

The next meeting will be held on Sept. 2 in the borough greenhouse in Crawford Park.

As usual, all the meetings are available via webcast from the borough website so that citizens who can’t attend can see the decisions their borough councillors make on their behalf.
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