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Gordonsville Business Owners Worry about Construction Impact

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ORANGE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -

Some business owners in Gordonsville are concerned about streetscape improvements scheduled to start later this month.

The designs are in place to give downtown Main Street a new look. New sidewalks, street lights, and landscaping are all a part of a facelift planned for the historic downtown area. Gordonsville business owners are concerned, though, that nine months of construction could hurt them.

Retailers and restaurant owners say downtown Gordonsville is busiest during the fall and winter months. Right when the new streetscape project will be in full swing.

“A lot of people come in for Christmas gifts and stuff so that is going to be a big hit if the majority of the construction in front of the actual downtown Main Street part is going to be right around the Christmas months,” said Bekah Liberatore, who owns Fox Clocks.

The $3 million project aims to repair and replace sidewalks, curbs, and light posts.

"Right now the sidewalks are very narrow. There's some trees in the way, they're buckled up and so we're just happy, happy that they're going to redo it and aesthetically it's going to look amazing,” said Angel May, administrator at the Exchange Hotel.

A major goal during the nine months of work will be to bring more people to the Exchange Hotel by expanding existing sidewalks.

"A lot of people to be able to walk and tie us into the historic district, I just think it would be an overall improvement,” May said.

The town says construction will be done in phases to avoid congestion outside storefronts during the holiday seasons. For now, business owners are hopeful their sales won't suffer.

"I think it's going to be hard to hit the businesses especially at the times that they're planning on doing it, but I think after it's done it's really going to bring people to the area,” Liberatore said.

A preconstruction meeting will be scheduled for this month to allow citizens and store owners to voice their concerns.

No date or location is set yet for the start of construction.

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