Coderre presents the local business plan, including development groups, pop-up shops

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The mayoral candidate said he would create a fund for business development organizations to improve safety, urban health and cleanliness around stores.

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In the wake of a town hall debate on economic development, candidate Denis Coderre unveiled his plans on Tuesday to revive local commerce.

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Under a Coderre administration, each major commercial artery would have a local development organization and its own identity. These organizations would have the power to promote business and create programs tailored to the streets where they are located.

Organizations would have the power to acquire vacant stores to use as incubators to test certain offers or to promote local businesses.

Coderre’s Ensemble Montréal party also plans to create a $ 50 million fund for local business development organizations to improve safety, urban health and cleanliness around stores and small businesses. With the funds, organizations could work to improve relations between residents and businesses, Coderre said.

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Coderre also took his opponent to task, claiming that Valérie Plante’s administration left companies behind and only very rarely communicated with them. He said there had been a few small programs put in place for local businesses over the past four years, but they are complicated and difficult for businesses to access.

“Our team will support businesses with a comprehensive plan dedicated to their needs,” said Coderre during a lively morning at the recently renovated Plaza St-Hubert.

He also promised to set up an “observation center” that would collect statistics on the consumption habits of Montrealers and transmit this information to local business organizations. Other measures include allowing monthly property tax payments and cutting red tape to make it easier for restaurants to set up patios or businesses to post signs.

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“There is a major problem (with the bureaucracy),” he said. “We have to be facilitators for businesses.

Coderre said his goal is to have a more collaborative approach with businesses, which includes consulting with them on changes to their local streets. He criticized Plante’s Projet Montréal party for going ahead with dogmatic schemes, such as the Réseau Express Vélo on rue Bellechasse. While Coderre has said he will keep the REV portion on St-Denis Street, he plans to renovate the protected bike path. on Bellechasse because the traders on this street complained about the elimination of 800 parking spaces.

“This does not mean that we are removing the (cycle path), it means that we allow cohabitation, because it is not livable in certain sectors,” he said. “When we cut the main arteries, people end up using local streets. “

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Gilles Grondin, candidate for mayor of the Coderre borough for Rosemont — La Petite-Patrie, said that the REV on Bellechasse was implemented with little consultation, and he believes that it would be enough to have a lead two-way cycle route on only one side of the street.

Coderre was also asked about the passage of Bill 96 and whether it will hurt businesses. The president of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, Michel Leblanc, said during a presentation to the National Assembly of Quebec this month that the bill to strengthen the French language will hurt the economy. He said the law could kick head offices out of the province and make it harder for remaining companies to attract top talent from outside the province.

Coderre said he did not share Leblanc’s concerns.

“Diversity is an asset; our French metropolis is also an asset, so it’s a cachet, ”said Coderre. “We have to restore trust with the business world, because there is none with the current administration.”

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