VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The owner of a restaurant who plans to pursue a potential class action lawsuit because of gas line construction along East 1st Avenue in Vancouver says he is optimistic after a recent ruling surrounding some businesses elsewhere in the city.
Three businesses on Cambie Street are set to receive some compensation from TransLink over construction of the Canada Line before the 2010 Olympics.
Federico Fuoco with Federico’s Supper Club on Commercial Drive thinks the decision will set some kind of precedent.
“Everybody has to work in concert to mitigate the suffering that businesses will incur when something like this, when a huge capital project, is being done,” he says.
Others, like the Cassia Bake Shop on the corner of East 1st Avenue and Commercial Drive, report their businesses have also been impacted by the gas line upgrades, which had East 1st shut down either partially or fully for a major stretch for several weeks this summer.
Fuoco says details are still being worked out — like how many businesses in the area want to be part of the potential suit pursuing FortisBC for compensation — but he says he’s willing to stick it out.
“I am. I’m willing to because you know, just on principle alone. But, I hope all these businesses can survive what we’ve been through.”