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Borough of Pierrefonds aims to establish attractive downtown hub as revitalization measure

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WATCH: Pierrefonds-Roxboro wants its citizens to weigh in on the future of the borough. – Jan 31, 2020

Pointe-Claire has its village, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, on the waterfront. But now, another municipality wants to create an attractive destination.

Pierrefonds-Roxboro is a sprawling borough with almost 30 kilometres of waterfront property, but there is no central hub.

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The mayor is holding a public consultation to see how to revitalize the area near the intersection of boulevards St-Jean and Pierrefonds by 2025.

“We want the citizens to have places to go within our community that will bring them there for a purpose,” Mayor Jim Beis told Global News.

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A new state-of-the-art library recently opened in the area, and there are plans to build an aquatic centre next to the borough hall.

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But the stretch of road along Pierrefonds Boulevard was badly damaged by floods in the springs of 2017 and 2019, forcing several stores at a local strip mall to close.

People who work in the area welcome a new vision to revitalize the neighbourhood.

“[It] needs to be advertised or something to make it work better,” Michel Richard, a client at T&M Coiffure, told Global News.

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One hairstylist agrees, saying something needs to be done because the area has fallen on hard times.

“The centre d’achat., the malls, it’s very, it’s dead,” said Linda Parent, a hairstylist at T & M Coiffure.

Public consultations on how to spruce up the district are scheduled for Feb. 6 at 1 p.m.

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