City changes plans on unpopular East Kildonan road project
Median planned for Grassie Bouelvard would have cut off eastbound access to strip mall
Shoppers in East Kildonan won't have to go out of their way to access a neighbourhood strip mall now that the city has revised road work plans that would have forced customers to take an inconvenient detour.
Earlier this week, business owners at a strip mall on Grassie Boulevard were worried a road construction project was going to cut into their bottom line.
The city started work on a median on Grassie that would have pushed eastbound drivers to go across Lagimodiere Boulevard, make a U-turn and cross Lagimodiere once again before taking Grassie westbound into the mall parking lot.
The owner of a Robin's Donuts franchise, as well as the owner of Marvin's Food Store at the mall, said they were going to have to lay off employees because sales were suffering and expected to get worse, all because of the median.
Residents won't have to wait long for the change either, Schreyer said.
"I just talked with Lester Dean, acting head of public works, and he told me they will put that cut in the [median] next week," Schreyer said.
With files from Leif Larsen