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A woodbridge, Ont., mall is “too small” for some people, and there’s no easy solution to the problem, according to an industry expert.
In a recent letter to Woodbridge Mall’s owners, Michael Boulanger and his wife Julie Boulangers, the Woodbridge Chamber of Commerce says the mall is a “churning pile” with “no end in sight.”
“The mall is not designed for a community, nor does it provide the amenities that the community needs to thrive,” said the letter, dated Oct. 12.
“The mall has become a breeding ground for illegal activity, which is hurting the community and creating a dangerous environment for our customers.”
The letter goes on to detail a number of problems with the mall, including “large scale trash collection, poor lighting, poor security and an inadequate fire department.”
The malls are also not equipped to accommodate the increasing number of people who are moving to the community.””
With this growing demand for retail, we see the need to develop a more sustainable mall design and design solutions,” it concludes.
The mall, located at 885 Woodbridge Road, was established in the early 1960s as a shopping center for the community of Woodbridge, Que.
Since then, it has grown into a shopping destination with more than 60,000 square feet of retail space.”
We have made great strides in improving the mall and creating the right conditions to bring people back and invest in our community,” said Boulangeres spokesperson, Scott Rochford.”
While we understand that there are still challenges, the Chamber is pleased that we have taken the first step towards a more harmonious relationship between the Woodbridges and our community.
“The Woodbridge-Woodbridge Chamber Council says it is “not seeking to impose our will on anyone” and is working with the company to improve the mall.”
When we have made our concerns known to the WoodBridge Group, they have listened and taken action to address our concerns,” said council president, John Rochfords.”
If the mall remains as it is, our community and visitors will continue to be disappointed and will continue the trend of unsafe, noisy and overcrowded shopping environments.
“Woodbridge is located in the heart of Quebec’s Lower River Valley, about 20 kilometres north of Montreal.
The council hopes that, as a result of the letter and other actions taken by the Wood Bridge Group, the mall will be upgraded to meet the community’s needs and “make a significant positive impact on our communities environment.”
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