Project to build a new elementary school in De la Fontaine park - Verdun Borough Requires Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Board to Accept All of the Working Committee's Recommendations

VERDUN, QC, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The Verdun Borough wants to ensure that Marguerite-Bourgeoys school board adopts the recommendations of the working committee set up to improve the project to build an elementary school on less than 10% of De la Fontaine park. Verdun Borough Council therefore decided, last night, during its regular monthly meeting, to maintain - for a few more weeks - the suspension of the process that is to lead to the final adoption of the zoning bylaw drawn up to allow the construction of this new school.

"We will resume this process once the school board has accepted all the changes proposed by the working committee—changes that we have all accepted," stated Verdun Borough Mayor Claude Trudel.

And Mayor Trudel added: "We will be just as demanding toward the school board as we are toward all the developers doing business on Verdun territory. The school board will have to respect our needs with regard to redeveloping the park and it will have to cover the costs, which are estimated at approximately $2 million. The ball is in their court."

Last week, the Mayor unveiled the working committee's recommendations on improving De la Fontaine park, located in the L'Île-des-Sœurs neighbourhood, mentioning that he was giving himself a few days to reflect on the matter before deciding on whether or not to adopt the proposed changes. The Committee's recommendations included:

  • construction of a school consisting of three kindergarten classes and 18 classrooms for elementary grades—without any possibility of expansion—on the parking lot, the dog run and the grounds currently occupied by the pool chalet
  • adoption of spot zoning
  • a green roof on the school building
  • closure of rue Place la Fontaine to allow for expansion of the park
  • relocation of the school's motor vehicle entrance to boulevard de l'Île-des-Sœurs 
  • construction of indoor parking facilities, in the basement of the school

Mayor Trudel recalled that his Administration had invested a lot of time in this project over the past few months and that it had always been transparent, by holding an information meeting and a public consultation, while setting up a working committee made up of ten residents. "I am calling upon my fellow residents to show solidarity in order to allow a community project to be carried out—a project from which our future generations will benefit. Individual interests mustn't adversely affect the needs of our families and our children," he stated.

Last May, Verdun Borough Council had suspended, for the first time, the process that was to lead to the final adoption of the zoning bylaw, in order to entrust a working committee with the responsibility of finding ways and means of improving the project to build the new elementary school on a small part of De la Fontaine park. The holding of a register, and possibly also a referendum, had therefore been postponed until September.

Mayor Trudel wants the school board to adopt the working committee's recommendations as well, so as not to unduly postpone the deadline for the regulatory process nor construction of the school.

As it may be recalled, the Verdun Borough has to transfer a piece of land to the school board to build this new school. In the L'Île-des-Sœurs neighbourhood, De la Fontaine park is the only land belonging to the Verdun Borough that is suitable for setting up a school and a gymnasium.


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Source:  Verdun Borough

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Francine Morin
Responsable du protocole et des relations publiques
Verdun Borough

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