Metro Ottawa: Money set aside for grocery store in Hull could be used for other projects

Posted November 17, 2016

A city councillor in Hull is reaching out to see if the community wants to continue holding on to $300,000 to attract a grocery store or use the money for other projects.
“The $300,000 that has been reserved for the grocery project was done 10 years ago,” said Coun. Denise Laferrière.
“What we’re doing ... is asking the people if they still want me to reserve the money for this special project, or do they want something else, another project to be done with that money,” she said.
A public consultation was scheduled for Wednesday night.
Alternative projects being proposed for the funds include the restoration of the Fontaine Des Batisseurs, tree planting, upgrades to the community centre, a splash pad or a new soccer field.
Non-profit Gatineau ACORN is mobilizing residents to continue supporting the plan for a grocery store.
Marlon Amersi, a student who has lived in Hull for the past four years, said the lack of a grocery store is hard on residents, especially lower-income people without access to a car.
Amersi said many people shop at the Giant Tiger or a depanneur, but the selection is limited. The nearest grocery store is on Boulevard Saint-Joseph, a 45- to 60-minute walk.
“This has a negative impact on quality of life,” said Amersi. “Having new signs or refurbishing the fountain is not as big a priority as having access to fresh produce.”
Article by Haley Ritchie for Metro Ottawa