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Business owners decry Notre-Dame St. closure; Coderre adjusts timeline

Business owners decry Notre-Dame St. closure; Coderre adjusts timeline
Business owners decry Notre-Dame St. closure; Coderre adjusts timeline

Published on: July 17, 2017 | Last Updated: July 17, 2017 5:07 PM EDT

Real estate developer Peter Sergakis is part of a group of Notre-Dame St. business owners who are not happy with Rose-de-Lima St. becoming a one-way north. He is seen on the Notre-Dame St. work site in Montreal, on July 17, 2017. Allen McInnis / Montreal Gazette

Business owners on and around Notre-Dame St. West are expressing anger at the short notice given about a road closure on the commercial strip.

On July 12, the city of Montreal announced that Notre-Dame St. would be closed between Vinet and St-Martin Sts. as of July 17 for a period of six weeks due to roadwork.

Business owner Patrice Demers, who runs Patrice Pâtissier near the Atwater Market, took to Twitter on July 15 to call out the city and the Sud-Ouest borough, saying he received notice of the road closure on July 14, just three days before construction was set to begin.

On Monday, Montreal mayor Denis Coderre announced that the start date of the work had been changed to July 24 and construction was now scheduled to last no longer than two weeks. He specified that roadwork would take place sometime between July 24 and Aug. 21, depending on the weather.

“I do not accept the way you have been advised and treated,” Coderre replied on Twitter.

Notre-Dame St. business owners and Sud-Ouest borough mayor Benoit Dorais also met Monday to discuss the city’s plan to make Rose-de-Lima St. in St-Henri a one-way street going north.

The meeting was organized by landowner and St-Henri resident Peter Sergakis, who argued that allowing cars to go only northward on Rose-de-Lima St. would mean fewer consumers visiting the borough and less business for the shops lining the commercial street.

Rose-de-Lima St. connects Notre-Dame St. to the Ville-Marie highway.

Ghislain Beaulieu, the owner of Ludger, a bar on the corner of Notre-Dame and Couvent Sts., said business has been affected since construction started on Notre-Dame St. in the spring.

“Of course the traffic on Notre-Dame is less fluid, and there’s less traffic in front of where we run our business,” he said.

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