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Construction underway for new Deux-Montagnes seniors’ residence

Create: 04/18/2016 - 20:43

At the southern end of Eighth Avenue in the City of Deux-Montagnes, construction has begun on Réseau Sélection’s new retirement residence which is replacing an old wing of the Manoir Grand-Moulin seniors’ residence that has been demolished to make way for the new project.
‘Finally happening’
“It’s finally happening and we’re very proud,” Mayor Denis Martin said in an interview with the North Shore News following the April city council meeting last week. Réseau Sélection, which operates a network of seniors’ retirement facilities all over Quebec, is investing up to $55 million in the Deux-Montagnes project.
Prior to the work getting underway, the most costly construction project in Deux-Montagnes had been a building on 20th Ave. costing $8 million. “So this is a very major private investment,” added the mayor, while noting that the municipal property tax revenue is estimated to be as much as $500,000 annually upon the project’s completion.
Had been operating at loss
Under the terms of an earlier arrangement the municipality had with a semi-public corporation that was responsible for operating the old building belonging to the Manoir Grand-Moulin, the City of Deux-Montagnes had been losing up to $400,000 annually when the corporation’s finances ran in the red.
Martin, who was first elected in 2013 with a mandate to straighten out Deux-Montagnes’ finances, brokered a deal with Réseau Sélection to take over the mandate to provide housing for the municipality’s senior residents, albeit on a privatized basis. Obviously pleased with the results of his administration’s efforts, he said last week that “it’s a very big turnaround for the financial position of the city.”
Park improvements coming
During the council meeting, the mayor said the plan now is to use at least some of the revenue generated to improve the park on Oka Rd. in front of the municipal water filtration plant. The idea would be to make up for the loss of the lawn bowling facility down near the bottom of Eighth Ave. He suggested the park might also be developed to take advantage of the nearby Lake of Two Mountains waterfront.
During question period, council regular Monique Dorion, back in town after her annual winter sojourn in Florida, questioned the mayor about the relatively recent outsourcing of Deux-Montagnes’ 9-1-1 emergency call centre service to the City of Saint-Eustache which now has responsibility. Alain Simoneau, chief of the Deux-Montagnes Regional Police Department, said there don’t appear to be any issues regarding response times to calls since Saint-Eustache took over.
Questions over 9-1-1 service
While Simoneau said there were some differences between Saint-Eustache’s and Deux-Montagnes’s communications systems, and the police department is now in the midst of seeking bidders for a new system that’s a better match with Saint-Eustache’s, he called it “a work in progress” and “it’s going well even though there are adjustments still to be made for certain.”
Also during question periiod, André Ouellet of the Dépannage Saint-Agapit food bank praised the work of Deux-Montagnes police community relations officer Christopher Harding who led efforts to bring to Deux-Montagnes and neighbouring cities the National Hockey League Players Association’s ‘Goals & Dreams’ program which provides free hockey gear to young players who would probably not be able to afford it otherwise.

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