LAVAL, QC, Aug. 16, 2018 /CNW/ - The rejuvenation work has begun at Les Immeubles Val-Martin in the Chomedey district of Laval. This major construction site is launching the revitalization and intensification project of this extensive housing complex built in 1954.
Eva Nassif, Member of Parliament for Vimy, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC); Lise Thériault, Minister responsible for Consumer Protection and for Housing; and Marc Demers, Mayor of Laval, met with media today at the job site to provide an update on the project.
A few months ago, an entire block of duplexes and fourplexes was demolished. The 124 housing units, contaminated by mould, were no longer inhabited. The rejuvenation work under way involves constructing three modern, quality buildings that will provide the same number of housing units to low-income families. The structure of the first three-storey building is being completed, and construction of two other four-storey buildings has begun. The work, coordinated by the Laval municipal housing bureau, should be completed in the spring of 2019.
The $28.2-million project is jointly funded by CMHC and the Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ). The federal contribution was made under the 2016 Social Infrastructure Fund Agreement. The City of Laval, for its part, is funding the infrastructure work, including the extension of Évariste-Leblanc Street.
"Our government is investing in affordable housing here in Laval and across Canada. Thanks to the combined efforts of our partners, we are able to give a helping hand to individuals in need. The rejuvenation project happening here at Les Immeubles Val-Martin will certainly become a model for urban renewal plans of the future. We could not be more pleased to be involved in this important project, as it will provide a new and more vibrant community to the residents of Laval. Most importantly, it will provide many citizens with a place to call home." —Eva Nassif, Member of Parliament for Vimy
"The City of Laval can count on the support of our government to complete this ambitious project to modernize Les Immeubles Val-Martin, bound to become a model of urban revitalization. The Government of Quebec, through the SHQ, has given its conditional support to two other projects on the site under the AccèsLogis Quebec program. These will result, if the conditions are met, in the construction of 234 new housing units to meet the needs of the population in Laval." —Lise Thériault, Minister responsible for Consumer Protection and for Housing and Minister responsible for the Lanaudière region
"For the revitalization of the Val-Martin neighbourhood, the City chose to go green by applying LEED-ND principles and, over the longer term, aims to get certification for the site plan—a first in Laval. For this first phase of the project, the City's contribution targets the rehabilitation of the infrastructure under Évariste-Leblanc Street, 75th Avenue and 79th Avenue, the extension of Évariste-Leblanc Street, which will enhance connectivity in the sector, the planting of more trees and the development of bioretention areas." —Marc Demers, Mayor of Laval
- The 124 housing units under construction are intended for low-income families.
- The City of Laval is planning for the revitalization and intensification of this major site, which covers 172,000 m². The rejuvenation of the 124 housing units marks the beginning of this transformation that will take place over several years.
- Built in 1954, the Val-Martin housing complex consisted of 235 buildings with a total of 534 housing units of two or three bedrooms. The housing complex has been owned by the SHQ since 1977, and it is managed by the Laval municipal housing bureau.
About CMHC and the SHQ
- As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry. For more information, visit www.cmhc.ca or follow us on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
- The mission of the SHQ is to meet the housing needs of Quebec citizens, by providing affordable and low-rental housing to households in need and offering a range of assistance programs to support the construction, renovation and adaptation of homes and access to homeownership. As a leader in housing, the SHQ fosters the development of partnerships with communities, collaboration among sector stakeholders and innovation. To find out more about its activities, visit www.habitation.gouv.qc.ca/english.html.
SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
For further information: Sources: Michael Brewster, Office of Minister Duclos, 613‑220‑5956, firstname.lastname@example.org; Clémence Beaulieu Gendron, Press Secretary for the Minister responsible for Consumer Protection and for Housing and Minister responsible for the Lanaudière region, 418-691-2030; Information: Public Affairs, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, 514-283-3679; Pierre Laberge, Communications, Société d'habitation du Québec, 418-643-4035, ext. 1340, email@example.com