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Business owners vent frustrations over 17 Ave construction

17 Ave S.W. in Calgary on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. (Photo by Chelsey Harms/660 NEWS)

It’s not unreasonable to say it’s challenging to get around parts of the Beltline and Mission as construction continues on 17 Avenue from Macleod Trail to 14 Street S.W., but it’s even more challenging for businesses that say the city isn’t sticking to the plan it agreed to.

It’s boiling down to time and distance.

Jennifer Leblond, Owner of Steeling Home, told CityNews the agreement was to only close two blocks at a time, but it currently extends from Macleod Trail all the way past 4 Street.

“So, instead of it being two blocks closed curb to curb, it’s stretching to five and six and possibly seven right now, so it’s very disappointing,” she said.

When it comes to time, Leblond argued the project is falling behind schedule.

“If you look outside right now, it does not look like they’re expediting it,” she said. “We were hoping for a 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. construction time, for them to be working, and they’re not doing that now.”

Leblond said the bottom line is that there was supposed to be predictability, and instead surprises keep popping up.

Owners from along 17 Avenue held a meeting with council and mayoral candidates Wednesday to voice their concerns with the hope that the winners can help get things back on track.