The regeneration work on the Val-Martin buildings took off in the Chomedey sector in Laval. This major project is the kick-off of the revitalization project of this vast complex built in 1954.
Eva Nassif, Member of Parliament for Vimy, on behalf of the Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the Minister of Consumer Protection and Housing, Ms. Lise Thériault, and the Mayor of Laval, Mr. Marc Demers, met with the press today around the site to review the current project.
A few months ago, a whole quadruple duplex and quadruplex were ready to be demolished. The 124 homes, contaminated by mold, were no longer habitable. The ongoing regeneration work consists of the construction of three modern, high quality buildings that will provide the same amount of housing to low-income families. The structure of the first three-storey building is nearly completed and the construction of the other two four-storey buildings is underway. The work, coordinated by the Laval Municipal Housing Office, will be completed in spring 2019.
The $ 28.2 million project is jointly funded by CMHC and the Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ). The federal contribution comes from the 2016 Agreement on the Social Infrastructure Fund. For its part, the City of Laval is financing 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 lend a hand to those in need. The Val-Martin Real Estate reconstruction project, underway here, will certainly become a model for future urban renewal plans. We could not be happier to participate in this important project because it gives a new dynamic community to the people of Laval and, more importantly, it offers a home to many citizens.
Eva Nassif, Member of Parliament for Vimy
– The 124 homes under construction will be for low-income families.
– The City of Laval is planning the revitalization of this vast site covering 172,000 m2. The regeneration of 124 dwellings marks the beginning of this transformation, which will take several years to complete.
– Built in 1954, the Val-Martin real estate complex consisted of 235 buildings totaling 534 apartments with 2 or 3 bedrooms. The SHQ has owned it since 1977 and its management is entrusted to the Municipal Housing Office (OMH) of Laval.
About CMHC and SHQ:
• As the housing authority in Canada, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing and financial system, assists Canadians in need, and provides research results and advice impartial to all levels of government, consumers, and the housing sector in the country.
• The SHQ’s mission is to meet the housing needs of Quebec citizens. It provides low-cost and affordable housing to households in need and offers a range of assistance programs that support construction, renovation, home adaptation, and home ownership. As a leader in housing, the SHQ promotes partnerships with communities, dialogue between local stakeholders and innovation.