Construction on Boonville Square concerning business owners

Business concerns around Boonville Square

BOONVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Sometime this fall, residents will be enjoying the completed work from the construction currently taking place at the square.

Management at Yesterdaze Restaurant say it has been giving them problems.

“We went from being completely packed at lunch time with no seating in this restaurant whatsoever to very little tables now filled,” said Manager Lacy Collins.

Their biggest concern is parking. Much of their clientele is older people who may need to be dropped off, or need to park right outside the door.

“It seems like it goes over well for a few days and then, the contractors just have their equipment everywhere again and just the lack of parking, we have no parking,” explains Collins.

It especially hit hard this week when 2nd Street had to be closed. Mayor Charlie Wyatt says crews discovered 4-inch water lines that needed to be replaced in order to be up to code.

“We immediately went into overdrive and said we are going to replace those 4-inch lines with 6-inch lines and that is where our engineers are saying that was needed," said Mayor Wyatt. "This was just an emergency that popped up that we had to deal with.”

Mayor Wyatt also says the square is simply a busy place with multiple projects taking place. He believes the end result will be worth it.

“I’ll be out in another city or something, they’ll stop and say, ‘Hey we see what is going on, on 2nd street,’" states Mayor Wyatt. "Unfortunately, there is pain there and we’ll all have to take a little bit of that til we get done.”

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