Downtown Moncton Centre-ville Inc., incorporated in 1977, established New Brunswick’s first Business Improvement Area (BIA) in 1981. The voting membership of DMCI includes all non-residential property owners and commercial tenants in non-residential properties.

History of Downtown Moncton Centre-ville Inc.

A BIA is a geographically defined urban area containing primarily non-residential properties. The BIA concept allows businesses and property owners to work cooperatively to manage downtown as a resource and business destination. Promotional campaigns, beautification, government lobbying, cooperative advertising, clean and safe programs, and parking and transportation issues are some of the areas of concern that a BIA organization may deal with.

Moncton’s BIA boundaries are as follows:
East of Vaughan Harvey; south of Park Street (Vaughan Harvey to High Street); south of Dufferin (High to Archibald); south of Austin (Robinson to Church) ; east of the railway line, north to Mountain Road, west of Botsford Street; north of St. George (adjacent non residential properties) to west of King Street; south of Harper Lane; west of Hall’s Creek to the Petitcodiac River.

History of St. George Street

St. George Street Urban QuarterSt.George street has seen a remarkable evolution in the past years.  Many still remember this street has being almost entirely commercial with very few residential buildings.  Back then, it was all too familiar to see a wide range of family businesses, ranging from grocery stores, pharmacies, family restaurants and laundromats.  Did you know that Assumption Life opened its first offices on St.George street?  So did the first Canadian Tire store ever to open in Moncton.  St.George street is now fully integrated in the downtown area.

Residents and business owners remain very attached to St.George street today.  They appreciate the history and culture that is proper to this part of downtown Moncton.  Many were born, grew up, studied, worked and still live in the same neighbourhood.  Back then, it was common to see many families not only operating businesses but also living in those buildings which housed their business.  Many of them lived on the 2nd floor while conducting business downstairs.  DMCI is very well aware of this special bond that tie people to their roots.  We will continue to work with them, all the while, respecting this heritage they hold dear to their hearts.

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