Change coming to Lennoxville
Changes are coming to the Borough of Lennoxville, some of the main ones being the extending of highway 410, which began last year on the site of the Herring Farm, and a lot of new construction in the downtown sector.
“That part of the 410 construction that was begun on Queen Street should be in operation by Christmas of this year,” said Lennoxville Borough president, David Price. The next two years will see the completion of the section of the 410 between Lennoxville and the University of Sherbrooke while the section to Bishop’s University will be done in 2014.
A roundabout is to be built on the top of the hill at the Herring Farm, bringing the total of new roundabouts in that area to three when you include the roundabout to be built between the Wera Farm and the Beaulieu Farm, in Waterville, and the one to be built near the Agricultural Research Centre on the 108.
“We have a lot of new construction coming along. The Korvette site is all cleaned up now and the owners will begin building as soon as the frost is out of the ground,” said Mr. Price. The commercial building downtown where the drug store is located, on the south side of Queen Street, will be expanded and will contain fifteen apartments along with underground parking. Two old buildings along Samuel-Gratham will be demolished to make room for that construction. A few more single family dwellings will be built in the residential area as well as some new student residences in the student village.
“Bishop’s enrolment is up again this year so more students will be looking for apartments,” explained the Borough president.
“There is a great project starting on Queen Street, a ‘greening’ project. This is the first year of this three-year project and the municipality is investing $150,000 a year,” said Mr. Price. Individuals and commercial establishments will also be investing in this downtown beautification project. “We’ll be pushing more walking and cycling in the downtown area. In the long term planning, after the 410 is completed, we want the Borough to be much more pedestrian and cycle friendly.”
Other projects this year include
changes to the water system on St. Francis Street where water pressure is a problem. Now being served by the Borough’s wells, homes in that area may need to be switched onto the Sherbrooke water system. “We’ll be meeting with the citizens to discuss that.”
Looking back on 2010, Mr. Price commented: “We went through a difficult year in tightening the budget by 3%. It was quite a challenge; we did it without cutting services. All the plans that the City of Sherbrooke had of burying wires in different sectors have been put back for at least ten years, according to Mr. Price.
During the Lennoxville Borough’s council meeting of January 24th, the following financial assistance agreements were adopted: $53,600 for the Lennoxville Library; $10,500 for the Lennoxville-Ascot Historical and Museum Society; $2,550 for the Lennoxville Curling Club; and $310 for the Lennoxville Golden Age Club.