Construction Hassle May Have Been A Factor In Closing Of Sweet Peppers Deli

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

i was saddened to read today that one of our beloved eateries, Sweet Peppers Deli, will be closing this week. I don't know the reasons behind the closing, but i do know it is very well liked by locals and business people alike..a great place for a business lunch, or group outing.

I do know that construction next door has made it difficult to reach the store and have heard people say that they avoid that area now because of the construction and would just go somewhere else rather than to have to walk around or risk walking next to the construction site.

That brings me to my next point - why is the construction next door taking so long and who allowed them to completely block the sidewalk access indefinitely and one lane of Broad Street? i could understand maybe for a day or two, but it has been that way for months. Why are the materials and fencing on the public right of way, rather than on private property?

Other cities make construction companies build protective walkways  and safety barriers next to construction sites. Why was that not done here instead of just cutting  off the businesses there? i just hope that the prolonged construction is not the reason for Sweet Pepper's deli closing. 

While i think progress is great and the city should be as accommodating as possible to get more businesses downtown, hopefully it is not and should not be at the expense of others.

John Fricke


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