The owners of five businesses on Bishop St. have filed a lawsuit seeking compensation and damages over lost revenue caused by the ongoing construction of a ventilation station for the métro system that the Société de transport de Montréal estimates won’t be complete until 2020.
The lawsuit was filed at the Montreal courthouse in Superior Court by the owners of the restaurants Mexicaine Mesa 14, Restaurant Ferrari, Le Gourmet Burger, Kafeïn and Craft Grill Cheese. They are asking that the city of Montreal and STM compensate them $2,500 each on a monthly basis while the work is being done. All five businesses are on a stretch of Bishop St. between de Maisonneuve Blvd. and Ste-Catherine St. W. where the STM began construction in October on the large ventilation station used to cool down the air from the heat generated by passing trains.
Since January, several businesses have complained that the construction has limited access to their buildings. Now, as part of their statement of claim, against the city of Montreal and STM, the business owners argue it is clear they “won’t be able to survive in terms of financial viability if the situation remains as is.” Some of the restaurants have been on Bishop St. for more than a decade.
In January, a spokesperson for the city said it was considering options to help the business owners.