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Rochester businesses and homeowners react to city construction update

Devin Martin
Updated: July 24, 2021 07:04 PM
Created: July 23, 2021 11:16 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Construction in Downtown Rochester is never-ending it seems, you see orange traffic cones everywhere in your way.

One of the busiest streets, North Broadway is closing to all traffic from 6th street to 13th street until next month. 

Some business owners and homeowners said this project will help the city grow and projects like this one need to happen, while others say, they're not happy. 

"When they see the road closed, they're not wasting their time trying to look around for a way to get in. So it hurts our business, especially the gas station," Rahma Shakur, owner of Baraka Grocery and Mall said. 

Baraka Grocery and Mall has been in business for 20 years. It's family-owned.  They sell groceries and gas. But with North Broadway Avenue closed, it's harder for people to stop for gas, and that's hurting the business. 

Before construction began, business was good, but now they see about 20 customers a day. It's not enough and they're trying to figure out what to do next.

Business owners like Rahma would like to see the city supporting small businesses that are affected by this construction. 

"If the government has some budget, it helps us because we have to pay electric, we have to pay rent, we have to pay everything. Nothing stops," Shakur said. 

Here's what you need to know about this construction project. Starting on Monday, what's in red will be closed until next month, where the yellow is is where you can travel to reach businesses on North Broadway. 

And what's in blue is a detour along West Silver Lake Drive Northeast.

Rochester businesses and homeowners react to city construction update | Rochester businesses and homeowners react to city construction update |

Right where the construction closure starts along 6th street NW, you'll find Great Harvest Bread Company. The family-owned business has been here in town for 17 years. 

"Business is probably down around 10 percent. I think it's just the uncertainty of people not knowing exactly which roads are closed and where the detours are," Dan Sweeney, owner of Great Harvest Bread Company said. 

Small businesses though aren't the only ones sharing their concerns about this new construction update, so are homeowners.

"I just ask that the community be mindful of this alley because broadway is closed. But they speed down the alley like its Broadway which it's not," Renee Wimbish, a Rochester resident said. 

Renee lives steps away from the construction. 

She's a construction worker herself and believes this project needs to get done. But she just asks drivers to remember the detour is in a neighborhood. 

"It's just about basically being a little bit cautious going down the alleys because there are various families that live here," Wimbish said. 

Construction on Broadway has been going on since April and it's expected to end in August. 

For more information about the North Broadway Avenue construction project, you can visit this link


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