Future elementary school in De la Fontaine park - Council Adopts 2nd Draft Bylaw 1700-85 Concernant Construction of School in De la Fontaine Park

VERDUN, QC, Sept. 22, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Within a special meeting of Borough Council held this evening, Council members adopted the 2nd draft Bylaw 1700-85 to allow a zoning change in a small portion—less than 10%--of De la Fontaine park. This amendment is essential for authorizing the construction of a 3/18 elementary school (3 kindergarten classes / 18 classrooms for elementary grades) in this park located in the L'Île-des-Sœurs neighbourhood.

As it may be recalled, Council had decided last May to postpone the adoption of this Bylaw so that an ad hoc committee could be set up to analyse the site and suggest improvements there to promote the harmonious integration of a school. Now that the recommendations have been accepted in full by the members of Borough Council and Marguerite-Bourgeoys school board, it was agreed to resume the regulatory process required to finalize the adoption of that Bylaw.

Claude Trudel, Verdun Borough Mayor in charge of public safety and security on Ville de Montréal's Executive Committee, made a point of reiterating his Council's will to proceed as quickly as possible in order to provide the school board with the land required for building this school. "It's of the utmost importance that the regulatory process be set in motion again in order to hand over this land and thereby allow the school board to pursue its mission of educating our youngsters," stated Mayor Trudel.

Review of the facts
Marguerite-Bourgeoys school board was awarded an allowance of $10.5 million last April for construction of an elementary school (3 kindergarten classes and 18 classrooms for elementary grades) in the L'Île-des-Sœurs neighbourhood. In order to make it possible for the school board to carry out its project, the Verdun Borough must provide it with a piece of land. In the L'Île-des-Sœurs neighbourhood, the only piece of land owned by the Verdun Borough that is suitable for accommodating a school is De la Fontaine park, where the building and the school yard would occupy only slightly less than 10% of the area there. Nevertheless, setting up a school in this park requires a zoning change, the first draft of which was submitted and adopted unanimously by the Council members.

In the face of strong opposition from a group of residents living in the adjacent area, Borough Council decided to form a working committee to improve the project and to temporarily suspend the process that was to lead to the final adoption of the required zoning bylaw.

This working committee's report, which was made public on August 31 and fully adopted by Borough Council, contained the following recommendations:

  • Spot zoning will be adopted.
  • The school will be a 3-18 institution (3 kindergarten classes and 18 classrooms for elementary school grades), without any expansion possibilities and will be built on the park's parking lot, the dog run and the grounds presently occupied by the pool chalet.
  • Part of the school will serve as a "pool chalet".
  • The school yard will be located in such a way as to minimize the impacts on the neighbourhood.
  • The school yard will have to comply with the principle of "green" school yards.
  • Motor vehicle access to the school will solely be via boulevard de L'Île-des-Sœurs.
  • Rue Place de la Fontaine will be closed in order to expand the park.
  • Following construction of the school, if there is a notable increase in traffic on rue Berlioz from boulevard de L'Île-des-Sœurs onward, measures will be taken to ease the situation (for example, no right turns on rue Berlioz at rush hours).
  • Indoor parking inside the school building
  • A green roof on the school
  • The trees affected by the construction will be relocated or replaced.
  • At the end of the construction work on the school, there will be more trees in the park than there are now.
  • The school yard fence will have to be made out of ornamental ironwork.

It should also be pointed out that 24 other sites—both public and private—were analysed and had to be rejected for various reasons.

SOURCE VILLE DE MONTREAL - ARRONDISSEMENT DE VERDUN

For further information:

Source:  Verdun Borough

For information: :
Francine Morin
Responsable du protocole et des relations publiques
Verdun Borough
514-765-7282
francine.morin@verdun.ca
francinemorin@ville.montreal.qc.ca

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