Lac-Megantic reconstruction office opens to help rebuild downtown core

LAC-MEGANTIC, Que. - The reconstruction office in Lac-Megantic has officially opened its doors more than two and a half years after a 2013 train disaster destroyed much of the Quebec city's core.

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Its director says the office, which started operating in September, will help promoters with their projects and try to attract public and private investors to the city.

Stephane Lavallee says a hotel, community centre and social housing unit are among the projects being planned.

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau attended the event to announce $1.96 million in federal funding for the office.

The amount is part of a $35 million federal fund announced in 2013 to help the city's economic recovery.

The disaster was caused when a runaway train with oil tank cars derailed in July 2013, killing 47 people and causing raging fires.



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