Old makes way for new in Saint-François, as Laval invests in new municipal buildings

Some residents of Laval’s Saint-François and Duvernay-Est neighbourhoods may have noticed recently that the old Saint-Noël-Chabanel community centre was demolished around the end of the month of November.

The building had been closed since 2010, and was considered worn out and lacking in proper security.

The City of Laval is currently studying future uses for the now vacant site, while at the same time conducting preliminary work for the eventual construction of a local services centre (CSPE) for Laval’s eastern areas.

“This is good news, since we can now deal with the future of the site, which will be grassed over in the spring of 2021 while waiting for a decision on its use,” said Saint-François city councillor Éric Morasse, who is also an associate member of the city’s executive-committee.

Morasse said various options are currently under study. Regarding the CPSE, the building will include community meeting rooms, a multimedia events room, a neighbourhood police station, and a branch of the city’s public library network.