April showers bring orange construction barrels to W. 6th

It's spring and you know what that means. It's also construction season.

One of the few places that are being hit hard by orange barrel fever is W. 6th in the Warehouse District.

A $966,000 improvement project in the Warehouse District is currently underway.

Last Mayor Frank Jackson and Councilman Joe Cimperman launched the groundbreaking last month.

Orange barrels block off much of West 6th in the warehouse district. The sidewalks are narrowed by fencing as workers continue to tear up the place to widen sidewalks and make the street more beautiful, but there is a down side.

"It's affecting business a little bit. We've noticed a lot less foot traffic," said Jimmy Myers of the Barley House.

There's a lot less parking along that part of West 6th. Jimmy Myers also says his restaurant is getting creative to hold onto to customers while the streetscaping is going on.

"We're also offering a lot of specials every night, dinner specials, drink specials to try to encourage people to come down and let them know we open seven days a week, lunch and dinner."

Other businesses are also feeling a pinch in their pockets.

"For lunch time it's really slow. There's barely any people here. Parking too is really hard to find, lots of traffic," said Jennifer Villavicencio of Grill.

The city spent about $60, 000 a couple of years ago to improve the other end of W. 6th. Councilman Joe Cimperman hopes to see the same thing happen on the north end of W. 6th.

"We saw an immediate improvement in terms of the amount of flowers people were putting out, the amount of extra tables restaurants put out there and it creates more of a neighborhood feeling," said Councilman Joe Cimperman.

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