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Pierrefonds-Roxboro Launches Nationwide Design Competition for New Public Square




Pierrefonds-Roxboro is gearing up to launch a nationwide design competition for a new public square adjacent to its aquatic and recreational complex. The Borough Council recently approved a proposal to award a detailed design contract for the development of the public square following a design competition.


A request for an exemption from the Cities and Towns Act (R.S.Q., c. C-19) was submitted to the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation (MAMH) under section 573.3.1. This request would authorize the Borough to award a professional services contract to the winner of the design competition. Additionally, a mandate has been awarded to develop the functional and technical parameters governing the design of the future public square.

The aim of Pierrefonds-Roxboro is to promote excellence in urban planning, landscape architecture, and design across its territory. Through this competition, the borough hopes to create an exceptional place that will serve as the focal point of community, cultural, and civic life in the area.


An investment of approximately $4.5 million from the Ten-Year Capital Programme is planned for the first phase of the project, which will ultimately benefit all residents of the borough. Mayor Dimitrios (Jim) Beis expressed his vision, stating, "Through the development of this future public square, we want to create a sense of pride among our residents. Our intention is to create a unifying atmosphere in a space that people can fully identify with."

Scheduled for completion in 2028, the future public square follows the expansion of the Pierrefonds library in 2019, the development of Millennium Park in the fall of 2022, and the construction of the Pierrefonds-Roxboro Aquatic Complex, set to be completed in the spring of 2026. The new development will further solidify the identity and appeal of what will become the heart of the borough's identity and of Projet Connexion.

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