Free land in Val-Alain to attract young families

On May 9, the Val-Alain Economic Development Corporation (CDE) launched its land donation program covering an area of ​​approximately 1,400 square meters. Estimated value: approximately $12,000. A serious boost for potential buyers.

It can be used as a down payment for someone who has a little less meansconsiders Matthieu Giroux, the president of the CRC. The only condition to take advantage of this offer: have a single-family home built for at least $175,000 within 18 months of signing the transfer agreement.

We had three lots to give away at launch. There is already one that has found a buyer and the Municipality is receiving a lot of calls. In the next few weeks, in the next few months, we expect to give the other two lands without problemscontinues Matthieu Giroux.

Within a year, rue des Érables in Val-Alain will look completely different. For the moment, a simple road being paved, it will soon be open to traffic and lined with houses.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Vincent Pichard

These lots are located on rue des Érables, in Val-Alain. A street which for the time being boils down to a road being paved, lined with trees and vegetation. But a year from now, it will look completely different.

There’s gonna be many, many houses built here, assures the mayor, Daniel Turcotte. In this way, the Municipality has 11 lands — located next to the 3 of the CRC —, which it decided to sell at a price lower than the market price.

We already have four gone. People are coming to meet us soon to book more. Subject to conditions, buyers will be able to benefit from a subsidy of up to $8,000, paid by the CRC. The same that is granted to any new buyer of land in Val-Alain.

Positive results in Sainte-Apolline-de-Patton

The development of rue des Érables is only the beginning, other residential axes parallel to this street will see the light of day. Currently, we are in phase 1. After that, there will be a phase 2, then a phase 3.

In addition to housing, a multifunctional center, a playground and an Early Childhood Center (scheduled to open in early summer 2023) will be built in the area. A new heart of town in short is in the making.

We are slowly decentralizing the center. This center will be more dynamic with a better offer of services and infrastructuresenthuses Daniel Turcotte.

It is the first time that the CRC of Val-Alain offers to give away land for free and it may not be the last.

The mayor of Val-Alain, Daniel Turcotte (on the left), and the president of the Corporation de développement économique de Val-Alain, Matthieu Giroux (on the right), note with satisfaction that the building lots on rue des Érables are attracting interest. ‘interest.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Vincent Pichard

If the program works well and it continues to go well like this, we hope to do more in the coming years.reveals Matthieu Giroux.

Other municipalities before Val-Alain have implemented similar initiatives. Last summer, Sainte-Apolline-de-Patton, south of Montmagny, organized a vast competition. Two prizes were up for grabs: a piece of land and the free rental of a house for one year.

More than 200 participants had tried their luck. The house for rent that was put into play has since been the delight of a couple from Montreal and their six children. A year later, the mayor of Sainte-Apolline-de-Patton draws up a positive assessment of the experience.

Our primary school was saved thanks to that. We didn’t have enough students. We are always open to doing what it takes to improve our municipality. So yes, we would be ready to redo a competitionconfides Bruno Gagné, the mayor.

The desires of greenery and calm of city dwellers

Even further back in the past, Saint-Louis-de-Blandford, in Centre-du-Québec, also began to donate land to swell its population on several occasions.

It brought us new residents, the vast majority of whom stayed and are still with us today.underlines Yvon Barrette, who was not yet mayor at the time.

Rural municipalities are on the rise. The COVID-19 pandemic has (re)awakened the desire for greenery and calm in a growing number of city dwellers.

The land along rue des Érables in Val-Alain, currently vacant, is being acquired. Of the 14 available, 5 have already found takers.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Vincent Pichard

At the end of the last census carried out last year, Saint-Louis-de-Blandford had nearly 1,200 inhabitants; the population of Val-Alain is now close to a thousand. These data are growing.

Every year, we have a lot of building permit applications. This was already the case before the pandemic. It has sped up since then. We have never seen thisadmits Daniel Turcotte.

Being a dynamic and booming municipality is good for the image, but not only, because as Yvon Barrette reminds us, all municipalities live only on tax revenues.

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