As part of an initiative to improve parking near the Beaurepaire train station in Beaconsfield, the Agence métropolitaine de transport has acquired two residential properties it plans to redevelop.
The properties in question are on Woodland Ave. at the southeast corner of Beaurepaire Dr., across the highway from the train station on Elm Ave.
A parking lot for about 30 cars, reserved for Beaconsfield residents since 2009, is located around the corner on Beaurepaire Dr. There is also a parking lot with 13 spots on the north side of Highway 20 near the station.
The transit agency paid $430,000 for the house at 139 Woodland Ave. and $400,000 for 143 Woodland Ave., an AMT spokeswoman, Claudia Martin, said, adding the deals were typical real estate transactions and did not go through an expropriation process.
While the aim is to provide more parking options for commuter train users, the timing and cost of such a project have not yet been determined, Martin said. “It is, therefore, impossible to give more information at this point,” she said Monday.
According to the municipal valuations roll, the property at 139 Woodland Ave. is valued at $346,100, while the value of the property at 143 Woodland is pegged at $298,500. Both houses, which date to 1916, sit on lots that each measure about 34,000 square feet.
Beaconsfield Mayor David Pollock said the city is aware of AMT’s general plan to add parking on the properties on Woodland but is awaiting final details.
The mayor said the Woodland site is one of several AMT projects that aim to improve parking along the Vaudreuil-Hudson train line.
“There are not a lot of options here,” he said of the Beaurepaire station.
He added that before the project proceeds, the city will demand the transit agency provide greenery and possibly even a berm between the proposed parking lot and any adjacent homes.
“We’ll insist they need to be considerate of the neighbours,” he added.