Business leaders divided on feds’ plan to modernize Parliamentary Precinct

People walking along Sparks Street - BIA
Sparks Street merchants could face disruptions due to the feds' plan to modernize the block facing Parliament Hill, the head of the street's BIA says. File photo

The federal government’s proposal to turn a two-and-a-half-acre site across from Parliament Hill into an office and retail complex is a “great start” toward revitalizing the Parliamentary Precinct, a prominent Ottawa real estate executive said Friday – but other business leaders say they’re not convinced the project will give struggling downtown merchants the boost they need.

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