Angered by bank’s move
I am frustrated and angry at the decision of the Bank of Montreal to desert their downtown location on 2nd Avenue East at 9th (Street) in favour of a new location in Big Box alley on 16th (Street) East, as reported in The Sun Times.
We all witness, every time we go downtown, the sad dereliction of our Main Street, with scads of empty store fronts, including the former Legate’s across the street from the bank. BMO’s large, corner location is an anchor for that stretch of the street, so their move is hastening the demise of the heart of our city.
Cheri Knott, BMO’s regional vice president, explained politely but unconvincingly that the move, dictated at a senior level, was required because the branch has a few steps that are difficult for seniors and people in wheelchairs to navigate. However, even the briefest survey of their frontage makes it clear that a small elevator could easily be installed. Ms. Knott also cited the lack of parking downtown, despite the fact that two-hour parking is free on Main Street, and council is considering free parking everywhere downtown.
BMO, like every major corporation, trumpets its commitment to the community. But from what I can see, this disastrous decision, apparently a done deal, was made with little or no community input. So where, BMO, is that commitment to community when it really counts?
Michael Craig Owen Sound