As many have noticed throughout the last year, there’s a lot of extra construction happening in the Short North area.
Four phases of construction are taking more than three years to complete. Phase one is almost done near the convention center. Phase two is expected to be done by early November.
“It’s going to be great for the walking public. We’re widening the sidewalks. We’re putting in bump outs, so you’ll have protected parking. We’re going to have level sidewalks. They were in a lot of need of for love. It should look a lot cleaner while maintaining a lot of the character of the neighborhood,” said James Young, a city engineer and construction administrator.
Young says crews are working like a slinky starting from the north side and working their way south, going block by block to complete each phase until 2020. Weather is playing a factor in the process.
“I hate it. It took me 20 minutes to find parking. It’s really annoying and I gotta go because I think my car might get towed” says one woman making her way back to her car after picking up lunch.
Curtiss Evans who stopped into a local bike shop said, “I just think it’s a hassle for us drivers…too many detours too many having to turn and go up different streets.”
Young says hundreds of complaints have come in.
“The different citizens that live and work here have different needs. So the retail wants you to work at one part of the day, usually during the night hours. The residents want you to work during the day hours you know not to disrupt them through the night. And depending on the bar or restaurant you know it’s just difficult to perform our work because we’re in the way of their hours.”
He says it’s been a challenging project from a coordination standpoint.
By the time all four phases of construction are expected to be done in the year 2020, the city hopes to add at least 70 parking meters.