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Archive for Thursday, July 13, 2006

Sidewalk sale to halt road work

Construction to take short hiatus

July 13, 2006

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It's still a week away, but already downtown business owners are getting ready for the 35th annual sidewalk sale.

"Sidewalk sale is just a lot of fun," said downtown business owner Maria Martin. "For business owners, it's a lot of work. We actually start preparing now, and some people started weeks ago."

From the counter of her store, Southwest and More, 727 Mass., Martin has a clear view of the construction across the street. By later this week, crews will move to the west side of Massachusetts Street, but she's not worried about losing any of her sidewalk space.

"We plan to use the same space on the sidewalk as we have before," Martin said.

Construction crews began replacing waterlines in the 700 and 800 blocks of Massachusetts Street in May and expect to complete the project in late September.

"We are running exactly on schedule," said Dave Osborne, project inspector with the Lawrence Utilities Department.


Nowak Construction workers Osea Melson Jr., Kansas City, Mo., left, and Dave Valles, Lawrence, work Wednesday morning on the northbound lane of Massachusetts Street. Nowak officials said fencing to be installed on the opposite side of the street would be pulled inward to accommodate next Thursday's sidewalk sale.

Nowak Construction workers Osea Melson Jr., Kansas City, Mo., left, and Dave Valles, Lawrence, work Wednesday morning on the northbound lane of Massachusetts Street. Nowak officials said fencing to be installed on the opposite side of the street would be pulled inward to accommodate next Thursday's sidewalk sale.

Crews will put up fencing on the west side of the street Monday, but they will pull it back Wednesday night before the sidewalk sale begins and construction takes a brief hiatus.

"We are required to shut down July 20, just because of the sidewalk sale. We don't want to be out here making noise and scaring away the customers," Osborne said.

That news comes as a relief to downtown retailers, who count on income from the sidewalk sale to boost their summer sales.

"It holds us over until the Christmas rush comes along," said Trish Jess, who runs Third Planet Imports, 846 Mass. "We do more business in that one day than we do in half the month of January."

Comments

classclown 8 years, 5 months ago

Business disrupting road work? There's a switch for you. Kind of like "Man bites dog".

conservative 8 years, 5 months ago

Hmmmm, wonder if a business anywhere else in Lawrence than the sacred downtown Mass street, would be able to get road work halted for a sale.

Frankly I'm glad they're doing it, but doubt seriously that any other strip of stores would get even a hearing about stopping construction.

classclown 8 years, 5 months ago

What do you think downtown is? Basically just a strip mall. And btw, he didn't mention strip malls per se.

BrianR 8 years, 5 months ago

This is good news, seeing shoppers all tangled up in the Bobcat shovels is always distressing and it frightens the children. Messy too.

rokchoklawhok 8 years, 5 months ago

sorry, burn the suburban sprawl inducing strip malls with deep parking lots that are easily acessible by SUVs

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