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Cannes Business Owners Experience Downturn Due to Rapid Bus Construction

The Union Boccassienne des Artisans et Commerçants Industriels (The Cannes Union for Industrial Merchants and Artisans), or UBACI, held its general assembly meeting on March 24. With representatives from the Cannes’ city hall present, the meeting allowed for lively exchange on the future of the BHNS (high-quality bus service) and the redevelopment work on Picaud Avenue. Philippe Péraire, native of Antwerp and

Typical Cannes Street in France

The Union Boccassienne des Artisans et Commerçants Industriels (The Cannes Union for Industrial Merchants and Artisans), or UBACI, held its general assembly meeting on March 24. With representatives from the Cannes’ city hall present, the meeting allowed for lively exchange on the future of the BHNS (high-quality bus service) and the redevelopment work on Picaud Avenue.

Philippe Péraire, native of Antwerp and president of the UBACI, first paid homage to his Belgian compatriots after the Brussels attacks.

After a minute of silence, the merchants began the order of the day. The fact that construction on Raymond-Picaud Avenue has not yet finished, but is already subject to future BHNS bus service, is on everyone’s lips and minds.

“I hope that it will not be like it was on Carnot Boulevard, where construction lasted much longer than planned,” lamented one merchant.

“We have had to deal with mistakes,” responded Jean-Marc Chiappini before restating, “or rather with surprises. The discovery of pipelines under Carnot Boulevard slowed down construction significantly, but we can ensure that will not happen again,” concluded the Deputy Assistant of Public Transportation, Parking, and Traffic.

Meeting of UBACI in Cannes, France

“What about the bus route?” asked one merchant.

“We will propose different routes and you will be able to choose one of them,” replied the deputy.

The work should begin in September of 2017 and finish at the end of 2018. “What about the construction on Roubaud Place?” asked another merchant. “We have not found any middle ground with the post office. As long as there is no sale agreement, there is nothing we can do,” deplored Jean-Marc Chiappini.

Likewise, work on parking, reclaimed by the merchants, also cannot advance. While waiting for the construction to finish, the Cannes merchants want to establish a large fire sale on Francis-Tonner Avenue to revitalize the area. It only needs city hall’s approval.

Do you feel that the advantages of the redevelopment of busy retail streets outweigh the disadvantages? How can development be less of a hassle for local businesses? Share your thoughts and your city's stories in the comments area below.

Original article, originally published in French here.

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