As we round out this year in Vanier, I am pleased with the accomplishments we have managed despite living within a pandemic that has altered how we live, work and play in this community.
We have managed to ensure that the path forward for a brighter, modern neighbourhood is on the horizon for this lively community.
With the City’s new official plan, Vanier will finally get a comprehensive area plan (secondary design plan) which guides developments and protects our neighbourhood character. The next step for this is to make sure this particular Secondary Plan is prioritized. This is my intent as Council currently is working at reviewing the 2022 City Budget.
In addition to ensuring this, I also am working towards other Vanier-specific priorities within the budget, which includes a new Vanier community recreation space, addiction treatments and safe supply funding
Community Health Services for Vanier and Overbrook, winter sidewalk maintenance and sidewalk repairs, ageing in place strategy for seniors, and investing in new affordable housing. It is essential for this community that these priorities do not get lost within City-wide needs, and I intend to continue to push for these at City Council.
After the devastating fire at our beloved Sugar Shack, the happy news is that the rebuilding underway comes at a great time. Completing the latest hurdle of allowing for a larger space to accommodate modern needs. Be assured, the forest remains protected, as it should, but this critical step allows this important Vanier site to become bigger and better to allow for more space for maple syrup preparation area and accessible spaces such as washrooms. We are hoping to see the new building ready for its 2022 season.
As many of you know, the first phase of Riverain Park has officially reopened for all to enjoy with a new splash pad, basketball, tennis, pickleball courts, garbage and recycling bins, lighting, accessible multi-use path and baseball diamond fencing/seating, and off-leash dog park. Now we are getting ready for the second phase of the project. Construction for this last phase of park improvement at Riverain is expected to begin late this fall and be completed by next summer.
This year, Montreal Road Renewal Project has completed 1.2 kilometres out of the total 2-kilometre length of road, curbs, sidewalk, and cycle track work. The final work for Montreal Road construction – and finishing touches – will be completed in 2022.