New social housing, infrastructure work gets green light

By Robert Frank

Abord à Plouffe Councillor Vasilios Karidogiannis doesn’t conceal his pride in getting the city to move forward on building 226 units of much-needed social housing.

“The intent is to demolish all the old buildings and build modern ones free of mould, which has already forced the demolition of half of them,” he told The Suburban.

Preliminary plans are already taking shape, with construction to move into high gear in 2016, Karidogiannis explained, adding that the city will use the project to solve perennial water runoff problems on Notre Dame, between 100th and Chomedey.

“Work will start on the Abord à Plouffe side and make its way to the Souvenir-Labelle side across the street from Notre Dame.

Abord à Plouffe will also see $25 million in overdue infrastructure work in 2015, 10 percent of the capital investment budget that city council passed last week.

“A lot of that has to do with infrastructure,” he said in an interview. “When the mayor called me into his office to discuss my ideas for Laval’s three-year plan, I told him that my number-one priority was to get the plumbing right. The area has long had drainage problems. If there’s a torrential rainfall, the whole street floods.”

Drinking water upgrade

In addition, the city will modernize the district’s water filtration plant, which serves the west end of Laval.

“We will be rebuilding the plant inside and out,” Karidogiannis reported. “Filtration systems, security systems and monitoring systems: The whole facility will be rebuilt from A to Z to supply better, safer water.”

Tenders have already been issued for a beautification project on Île Paton.

“Many elderly people live there,” he observed. “Promenade Paton is the centrepiece of the island. The central mall will get a makeover, redoing the street with decorative lighting. Citizens have been asking for that for some time and they will get it in 2015. Construction is slated to start in the spring.

Other projects include adding an elevator to make Centre Jean-Paul Campeau more accessible to the elderly and handicapped. The improvement will make it easier for them to use the major community centre, which serves Abord à Plouffe and Chomedey residents.

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