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leaders in Toledo have promised to help businesses that were hurt by a big
construction project on Sylvania Avenue.
have been many improvements, including new pavement on the road and new parking
spaces, but there are lingering problems.
businesses closed because traffic couldn't get through, or simply avoided the
area during the more-than-two-year project. Others lost their walk-in crowds.
like the way it looks," said Cherie Cook, of J&D's Side Trip. "We just wish
after all this construction and everything got done, they would have done
something for us, you know, because it really killed the business for a long
Side Trip has had a for sale sign in front of it for months.
city's Department of Neighborhoods met with business owners and residents
Monday night to hear their concerns.
we need to figure out, where do we go from here?" said Council member Lindsay
Webb. "How can we support the businesses that are here? How can we attract new
addition to money already but into the roadway's reconstruction, Councilman Tom
Waniewski says $100,000 more have been set aside for improvements. He wants the
businesses to be rejuvenated.
trying to make it not only a destination, but a place where people can walk
easily through, so you stop at one business, walk up the road and go to another
business," he said. He also wants Sylvania avenue to get a gateway, similar to
Columbus' trendy "Short North" neighborhood.
says the city should help with advertising, to bring more customers in.