Pointe-Claire to hold public consultations on village designs

City looking at either a two-way street with parking, or a one-way street with more spaces for vegetation and pedestrians.

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The city of Pointe-Claire is set to begin a series of public consultations on the future development of the Pointe-Claire Village, ahead of major infrastructure work planned for 2023.

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The city is asking local citizens and merchants to weigh in on two possible street design concepts for the area that will be presented at the consultations.

“In addition to upgrading the municipal infrastructure, which dates back to 1960, we want to allow the entire community to share its opinion on the future development of Pointe-Claire Village,” the city said in a release. “With the vision of promoting an ever more inclusive living environment, the city will propose a first concept of a two-way street with maximized parking, and a second concept of a complete one-way street with more spaces for vegetation and pedestrians.”

Three public consultation sessions at city hall are scheduled for Tuesday, June 14 (8:30 a.m.), Wednesday, June 15 (7 p.m.) and Thursday, June 16 (7 p.m.). A fourth session will be held in the form of a webinar on June 20 at 7 p.m. (A link to the webinar will be emailed after registration.)

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Details of the two proposed designs will be presented during the consultation meetings. Following the presentation, the public is invited to pose questions and choose one of the two proposed concepts.

It will also be possible to choose a preferred design concept on the Pointe-Claire, It’s Who We Are! citizen consultation platform from June 14 to 28. However, registration for the consultations is mandatory at www.pointe-claire.ca.

The city plans to upgrade the sewer and storm drainage system pipes and rebuild Lakeshore Rd. between Victoria and  Golf avenues. The road work will be spread over a minimum of two years.

“The city is aware that this work will impact businesses in Pointe-Claire Village, which is why we are starting the preparatory steps this year to ensure that the project takes place under the best possible conditions,” the city stated. “The objective is to limit any consequences.”

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The city also announced that the pedestrian overpass at Highway 20 and Sources Blvd. will remain closed until repairs can be completed. A section of the winding overpass above Cardinal Ave. was damaged during a fatal car accident in December. The overpass has since been closed.

The city said it took several months to get a technical report from external experts on the damages to the railings, lighting and surface of the pedestrian overpass. Then a search for a contractor began.

“However, the health crisis caused delays in all sectors of the economy, obtaining materials was a challenge for the vast majority of them. It is now awaiting confirmation from the assigned company to know the start date of the work and its duration.”

The overpass allows pedestrians and cyclists to traverse Highway 20.

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