Businesses Take Concerns About Construction Near McIntire Plaza to City
Traffic near McIntire Plaza
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -
Construction near McIntire Plaza in Charlottesville is causing serious problems for nearby business owners. Traffic issues mean customers have stopped coming. Now, several companies are turning to the city for assistance.
Traffic at the intersection of McIntire and Harris roads is frustrating for drivers - but for businesses, it's caused some of them to change their business models. Several business owners met with city leaders Thursday.
Beate Casati owns La Linea Bella in McIntire Plaza. She says the decrease in customers has seriously hurt her business.
"Some people have told me outright that they don't want to come over here anymore, just because the traffic is so bad,” said Casati.
Casati helped organize this week's meeting with city leaders to make them aware of the problem.
"It didn't seem like they were aware that there was that much of a problem. They actually were late themselves showing up for the meeting because they were stuck in traffic,” said Casati.
Other owners have expressed similar concerns. Great Harvest Bread Company had to shift their business model toward catering to stay profitable.
“We're fortunate compared to a lot of the other businesses in McIntire Plaza. Many of them don't have that option,” said Matt Monson, owner of Great Harvest Bread Co.
At C’ville Coffee, owner Toan Nguyen had to take drastic measures.
"We have lost a lot of money through this, and we have to go through our personal savings to make it through,” said Nguyen.
City Manager Maurice Jones says there are plans to alleviate the congestion.
"We may be able to allow some of those right turns to occur again, and that would help with the traffic flow through there and then also being a little more diligent about people who are blocking the traffic at the intersection as well,” said Jones.
The city also plans to offer affected businesses money for advertising. Meanwhile, owners are trying to stay positive.
City leaders say construction directly outside the McIntire Plaza should be over in about a month. But the construction down the street on Route 250 won't be complete until sometime next year.
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