We are against the proposed renovation project for Place Jacques Cartier.
Find out our objections:
The terraces will be moved 7 metres (23 feet) from our facades.
This will have a negative impact on the following:
Our daily operations
The work and security of our waiters and waitresses
The service offered to our clients
Will our clients accept seeing their plates carried amidst a sea of people?
Service will have to be provided on an artery with an 8% slope, in the middle of a crowd (bicycles, skates, skateboards, carriages, kids running downhill). The CNESST considers a floor with a slope dangerous.
The city did not even plan a water service:
Water for cleaning purposes
Water required for irrigating the plant
During rainy days, the service will be interrupte. To access the toilets, clients will have to walk through the rain. The CNESST considers a wet floor dangerous.
The proposed terraces will all be identical with a zinc roof, glass walls, and 14 feet tall effectively hiding the building facades and the beautiful view as seen from the Place Jacques Cartier.
Montrealers will lose a great gathering place.
The Québec Restaurant Association (ARQ) has informed the mayor its total disagreement with the project.
"While I attempt to understand Mayor Coderre's optimistic vision and seemingly sincere desire to renovate and beautify the Old Port in time for the upcoming anniversary, this plan was poorly conceived and rushed without sufficient consultation..."
"My wife and I visited Montreal in July 2016. We were pleased to enjoy the cuisine and hospitality of the restaurants on Place Jacque Cartier. We are from California and so we are familiar with eating in pleasant outdoor surroundings, like the current arrangement on Place Jacque Cartier..."
"I have been visiting Montreal for decades, I am a retired restauranteur who has been recognized for my ability to provide a great restaurant experience for my guests. This plan ignores the charm and atmosphere of the current situation..."