NOTRE-DAME-DU-MONT-CARMEL – The village of Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, between Trois-Rivières and Shawinigan, is experiencing impressive growth.
Eight classes and a gymnasium have just been added to the village primary school. This will not be enough, however, and plans for another expansion have already been filed.
The huge municipal garage under construction for $ 4.5 million will not be enough either. The current garage will have to be kept in operation.
Since 2010, the population of now nearly 6,000 has grown by 12%, the municipal budget by $ 6.6 million by 50%, and the total property value by 72%.
The mayor is delighted with the situation. “Of course our geographical location is very good, but that we cannot take the credit for. All the same, I think that people like large fields, like to have a quality of life, and families attract families ”, analyzes Luc Dostaler.
We must accelerate the pace of the vast housing development underway. What should be done in 10 years will be done in half the time.
“I had 100 courts and it's almost full. I will have to develop more quickly ”, indicates Gino Campanozzi, promoter of the Domaine de la famille.
At the Lac Morin campsite, a new restaurant was opened in July. But it is already too small. An expansion is in progress. “People are building and a lot of people are coming to our area. So we decided to build a new restaurant, ”explains owner Yannick Lemay.
This development boom raised two questions for city hall: should we give ourselves the status of city and should we change the name of the municipality?
It was decided not. Since the identity of the municipality has so far contributed to its attractiveness, the municipality has an interest in preserving it.