Superior's Tower Ave. Project Weeks Away
Posted at: 03/12/2013 6:52 PM
| Updated at: 03/12/2013 10:35 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
The major downtown Superior street reconstruction project that's been in the works for years will finally become a reality next month. In late April or early May, they'll close down Tower Ave. from Belknap Street to N. 3rd Street for six months.
Parts of Tower Ave. are 100 years old. The city said it needs a facelift to revitalize the north end, which would help sustain current business and bring in some potential new business.
Superior's Business Improvement District (BID) has one main goal when they close down the street next month.
"Continue to keep the traffic coming down north Tower Avenue because the businesses will be open and ready for business," said Executive Director, Kaye Terenelli.
BID spoke with nearly 150 business owners Tuesday, giving them a better idea of what to expect when the closure happens. The entire street will be shut-down, forcing customers to use the back door. Alleyways will be busy so the city has tried to prepare, bringing in extra lighting and painting some murals.
Owner of The Main Club, Bob Jansen, said six months of inconvenience will be worth revitalized district.
"I think Tower Avenue is ready for a makeover. It's about time that we have something done that will add some trees, lights, and movement," said Jansen.
Karen Geegan, owner of Capri Bar, said this project could severely impact her tavern.
"I'm a little weary to be honest with you," said Geegan. "I'm afraid customers will not have easy access to our businesses."
BID maintained the finished product will be worth the headaches and hassle. They hope to reopen north Tower Avenue in mid-October.