Sudbury Arts District faces Challenging Christmas Season due to construction in area.
Linda Cartier, president of the Sudbury Arts Council has issued a statement regarding the underpass repairs on Elgin St.
“The decision to undertake repairs to a section of sidewalk underpass railings in front of several arts establishments on Elgin Street has caused concern that these businesses will be affected at this important time of year for sales. According to store proprietors, they depend on the Christmas season to generate income to stay in business the rest of the year. Contractors have erected large tent coverings over most of the sidewalk and taken away a number of parking spaces as shown in the comparison attached photos.
” It would have been much better if this work were to have been carried out at any other time of the year rather than the month of December. Local shopkeepers were not informed and there has been no response from the city with respect to the timing of the project. Maureen Luoma of Downtown Sudbury has voiced support for the businesses affected and plans to have signs placed at either end of the area affected to advise pedestrians that the shops are still open as it is not apparent from the street view.
The art establishments effected are part of the Shoppes on Upper Elgin including Sudbury Paint and Custom Framing, Artists on Elgin, Monique Legault Studio and La Galarie du Nouvel-Ontario, The owners are trying to make the barricade more attractive by decorating with evergreen boughs as shown in an attached photo. Cartier, encourages all Sudburians to visit these establishments during this holiday shopping season to find that unique and perfect gift while supporting local Arts businesses
Northern Life, located at 158 Elgin St., is not as inconvenienced as the small galleries in the area by this construction.