The city is reaching out to businesses and stakeholders on Montreal Rd., to ask for their input on developing a plan to spark economic growth in Vanier.
"Community Improvement Plans attract new businesses, revitalize existing businesses and stimulate economic growth" said Mayor Jim Watson. "This CIP will help diversify the Montreal Road business mix and will generate much needed investments and jobs in Vanier."
City staff are expected to create a plan to present to City Council in the coming weeks. If approved, the plan would unfold alongside current plans to renew Montreal Road's infrastructure in 2019.
The Community Improvement Plan would include new bike lanes being installed above the curb, beside the sidewalk, as well as incentives for property owners to redevelop their properties.
Trevor Haché, Vice-President of Healthy Transportation Coalition Ottawa, told the Rick Gibbon's Show on 1310NEWS that he believe the businesess along Montreal Rd. would benefit from the proposed plans.
"The road designs the City is pursuing will want to encourage people to linger on the street, it'll be a safer place, and a better place," he said.
A Community Improvement Plan with similar goals was launched in Bells Corners.
"The vision for the Montreal Road CIP is to create a vibrant and welcoming main street that will allow residents and businesses to thrive," stated Rideau-Vanier Ward Councillor Mathieu Fleury. "I'm looking forward to meeting with local business owners to discover the best ways to use a CIP to create a vibrant, prosperous and desirable business community."
The plans that are being considered for Montreal Road are aimed at revitalizing the infrastructure, streetscape, and public art.