Comment 33838

By Meredith (registered) - website | Posted September 17, 2009 at 18:40:24

The above-mentioned project is interesting to see go up right by my work.

On the one hand, I think it'll be a good thing to have in the neighbourhood, like the methadone clinic. I've talked to people who are going to work there when it's done. I'm fully supportive of that project, although I wish it was designed better.. way better.

And the fact that over two dozen bylaws are broken/given a variance to get the project in place is a bit concerning. And I do sympathize with the businesses who have been there 30, 40, 50 years and are not likely to see any increase in clientele.

Some will though (haircuts and food) --- but not the financial planners or places that sell $600 suits. However, I don't believe that this shelter will necessarily detract from their business either, because they're destination businesses people come from quite far to get to.

There's also a couple 10 and 12 unit buildings being fixed up on the opposite side of the street - trees going in and such. Stuff's coming along on that stretch -- If we finally get our pond/waterfall out front of where I work to obscure the parking lot and asphalt, I'll feel like we're contributing a bit more to the streetwall. However, the person who's donating it hasn't had a very good year business-wise (recession = people cutting back on landscaping/ponds) and may not be able to afford to till next year.

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