St. Martin to get new low-cost housing

By Robert Frank

The city plans to raze derelict residences in Val Martin district in order to build new social housing there.

“We want to knock the old homes down and renew the housing infrastructure and get government subsidies for these homes in St. Martin district,” Laval executive committee vice-chairman David De Cotis told The Suburban.

“The project will be implemented in three phases,” De Cotis said in an interview. “The first phase will entail the construction of more than 100 homes.”

As reported in The Suburban, Laval is also proceeding with a project to replace hundreds of social housing units in Abord à Plouffe district as well.

Some of the Abord à Plouffe homes slated for demolition were plagued by mould, Councillor Vasilios Karidogiannis told The Suburban last month. The work there will be accompanied by major infrastructure improvements, rebuilding underground fresh water, storm runoff and sewage networks.

De Cotis declined to specify whether the St. Martin social housing also faces mould problems, preferring to extol the benefits to needy residents.

“Since day one, when [Mayor] Marc Demers’ administration came to office, it has been one of his administration’s goals to improve that area,” De Cotis said. “It’s a gratifying project for the city of Laval.”

“It’s Mr. Demers’ way of giving to those people who are in need,” he added.

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