Summer construction frustrates businesses

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It seems like you can’t drive anywhere without running into summer construction.

And as frustrating and annoying as the delays the construction creates, it’s an even bigger hardship on some of your favorite businesses.

At Blue Bonnet Mexican restaurant, it’s what’s not on the menu that’s feeding frustration

“There`s a lot of noise, lots of dust, lots of pollution,” says the restaurant’s owner, Gary Mobell, about the construction project that is running behind schedule for completion.

“The project started in the early part of February and the project was only supposed go only 40 days. We are well past that 40 day mark,” he says.

This ongoing construction is going into its fifth month.

And when it’s over, there will be a new storm sewer and gas lines running beneath South Broadway.

But it’s progress at a price.

“We are about 25 percent off from where we should be at in the summer,” says Mobell about their revenues.

His family has owned the restaurant for more than 46 years.

“'Thank you for coming during the construction,” Mobell tells his customers, eating brunch on the patio.

He’s grateful to those customers dealing with closed roads, barricades and confusion to get here.

“We were basically hidden on  Broadway. So, if you’re driving past, one may not even know or realize we are open during construction,” he says.

Construction projects are also taking a toll on businesses in Cherry Creek. One even blames both a private and a city drainage project for the ultimate impact.

Earls Kitchen and Bar closed for good last Saturday.

It sits empty and darkened, a sign on the door tells customers it’s sorry to close.

A spokesperson said numerous street closure for over a year, loss of parking and blocked access made it tough to do business. And when the city of Denver drainage project started, it was impossible to continue.

“That`s definitely made it more frustrating to get in,” says INK! Coffee assistant manager, Kyle Gage.

He says construction has dropped their business by half on weekends and about a quarter weekdays.

He says it’s not just the difficult drive driving away some customers.

“You can feel it almost, everything is constantly vibrating. It makes it really irritable for everybody,” he says.

Irritable is how Mobell can get when he thinks about how long this supposed 40-day project has stretched.

“There has to be some accountability as to why this project has gone over the estimated 40 days by such a huge amount,” he says.

But then he thinks ahead, knowing the improvements will be worth it down the road.

We reached out to council members representing each of these affected districts to find out about construction issues and delays, but we did not hear back from them.

3 comments

  • kirads09

    The construction at Cherry Creek Mall makes it really difficult for pedestrians and the buses as well. They really didn’t make any way for someone coming from the west University side to cross safely or easily get to the mall now. 24 Bus used to stop right at Bed Bath and Beyond and then again at Whole Foods. Now, you have to walk blocks around and/or take your life in your hands trying to cross. I can’t imagine what someone disabled or elderly would do. Really dangerous and not at all thought out. And oh, wait if this is still going on during Holiday shopping season. Fun times.

    • ScubaSteve

      You are right. I only go to Cherry Creek mall to go to the movies, then I leave the area immediately. It’s a mess, always is and probably will always be.

  • George W.

    It runs past deadline because construction workers are some of the laziest workers in America. We’ve all seen it, one guy working 3-4 more standing around watching. Not exactly how you accomplish things

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