Downtown Cornwall Ontario Wilting – First Farmers Market Dies Now LCBO Moves out of Core

Downtown Cornwall Ontario Wilting – First Farmers Market Dies Now LCBO Moves out of Core

Wine GlassCFN – It’s going to be harder to get fine wines and spirits in the downtown Cornwall Ontario core as the LCBO is pulling out of its Pitt Street location and moving further East.

The downtown strip in Cornwall has been struggling with the Farmer’s Market closing and more empty stores than in recent years.

Several local merchants said to CFN that they’re not sure how much longer they themselves could hang on with higher taxes for commercial buildings and fees for a DBIA that seems to be doing nothing but putting up the occasional pot of flowers.  One downtown vendor called the Mayor “Bankrupt Bob” during our conversation; referring to mayor Bob Kilger.

Cornwall has for decades struggled what to do about the identity of Pitt Street as Brookdale avenue populated with Big Box stores.

Unlike nearby Brock “Vegas” (Brockville Ontario) Cornwall did not save many of its heritage sites nor seem to have a true downtown development plan in action.

While some are waiting and hoping to rip up the downtown green spaces and develop condos others have cited simply a lack of leadership and vision for the River city.

What do you think amazingly intelligent viewers of CFN?  You can post your comments below.

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