Lower Greenville Project Affecting Area Businesses

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Construction projects are not fun for anyone, but businesses in Lower Greenville said a current project on Greenville Avenue has greatly affected their bottom line.

The project will turn two blocks of Greenville Avenue into a more pedestrian friendly area, and while businesses looked forward to the finished project, the construction has meant facing some new challenges.

"Really slow.  My business down about 95 percent," said Lynn Anderson, as she sat near her sewing machine at her alterations and repairs shop.

Anderson said an order from Neiman Marcus was keeping her busy, but almost no one walks through the doors of her business.

"Come in maybe once a day or two customers a day," Anderson told The 33 News.

It was more of the same at Moreno Printing Service, where business was also down.

"I'd say at least 30 percent," said owner Richard Moreno.

Moreno has been at the same location for 41 years, and had never seen anything like what was happening outside his front door.

"I get a lot of customers who call me when they're coming to pickup and ask me to go hand them the printing," he said.

The city of Dallas said the whole point of the project was to get more foot traffic in front of the businesses.

"Reconstruct the streets, widen the sidewalks, put in some street trees, pedestrian amenities, benches, pedestrian lighting, just to give it a more pedestrian friendly feel," said Assistant Director of Public Works, Alan Hendrix.

Hendrix said he sympathized with what the business owners were dealing with.

"Construction is always an inconvenience, an irritation, even when we do our best to keep the dust down and keep the dirt picked up and the trash picked up," said Hendrix.

As signs facing Greenville Avenue pleaded for customers to know they were still in fact open, the businesses hoped that would be enough until the project was completed.

"I know what the city has to do, maybe a couple of months and we have pretty area," said Anderson as she nervously laughed.

City officials said if the project went well, they'd like to extend it to other areas of Greenville Avenue.

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