Comment 73558

By Brian McHattie (anonymous) | Posted January 31, 2012 at 19:11:02 in reply to Comment 73521

Bike Hounds is an excellent business and we are thrilled to have this business downtown, especially given the risks the business owner took in order to make this happen - as detailed above.
Regarding the vacant building tax credit: this tax credit is mandated by provincial law & the city has now choice but to implement it. We have on a number of occasions made motions to ask the province to remove this regressive tax instrument. I will get the details and share on RTH so others can also share their concern about this with the province.
Regarding the Renew Newcastle model - this is very interesting and I wonder about its use with ground-floor retail locations in the Gore building at King & John and Spallaci building near Deninger's on King where retail space has been empty since constructed in the last 3-5 years.
Ward 1 Councillor Brian McHattie

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