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Montreal’s plans to overhaul Peel Street welcomed by some, panned by others

Montreal's plans to overhaul Peel Street welcomed by some, panned by others

Opposition accuses Plante administration of skipping public consultations Chez Alexandre et Fils restaurant owner Alain Creton, who heads the Peel Street merchants association, is in…

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Opposition accuses Plante administration of skipping public consultations

Chez Alexandre et Fils restaurant owner Alain Creton, who heads the Peel Street merchants association, is in favour of revamping Peel Street. (Sharon Yonan-Renold/CBC) Alain Creton, who has owned Chez Alexandre et Fils on Montreal’s Peel Street since 1977, says it’s about time the city overhauled the busy commercial artery where his restaurant is located.

As traffic rushed by Tuesday and pedestrians slipped and slid their way down the icy, narrow sidewalk, Creton told CBC News the Plante administration is on the right track with its $108-million plan to make Peel a northbound one-way street between René-Lévesque Boulevard and Sherbrooke Street.

That will allow for bike lanes, wider sidewalks, more trees and urban furniture.

"All of my restaurant friends and myself, we are ready to co-operate with the city of Montreal to make sure everything goes fast," he said.

"We want the city to be beautiful, and we want to be a part of it."

He said while some people are complaining about the bike lanes and the loss of parking, and the construction will be disruptive while it is underway, the renovations make sense. Peel Street will be made one way and have protected bicycle paths. There will also be wider sidewalks and room for deliveries and terrasses, the city says. (Submitted by Montreal) "It’s going to be beautiful," he said.Creton said his restaurant is looking into offering valet parking, but there is plenty of parking in the area, and he’s not concerned about the […]

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