Downtown Businesses Negatively Affected by Shoreline Realignment

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, members heard from a businessman whose restaurant is being hurt by the Shoreline Boulevard realignment project.

The businessman cited poor construction signs along Shoreline that have confused retail businesses as well as those who work in downtown offices.

Kiii News Reporter Brian Burns went Live from Shoreline Boulevard with the details.

During public comment at Tuesday's meeting, council members were told that the signs were confusing at best. Carlos Gonzalez, the manager of Joe's Crab Shack, said the construction sign confusion is hurting many retailers downtown because they were not notified when the roads were going to be shut down. He added that the construction is doing more than cutting the number of customers.

"It's hard to get to us. My business has dropped off by 30-percent since October. I was on my way to a record year. Then, as soon as the road closed, I had no idea it was even happening," Gonzalez said. "Our employees can't even figure out how to get to us sometimes. Since they've opened up Lawrence at Water, that's helped a little bit, but you still got to be very conscious about where you're going to turn at."

The City promised Gonzalez they would erect signs to the restaurant and other affected downtown businesses to let people know they're still there.

Council members also discussed a design change that will actually save the City more than $200,000.


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