The construction along Waterloo Road in Collinwood some might call a necessary evil.
The Waterloo Streetscape project has been delayed by weather and unmarked gas and water lines.
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
Merchants along Waterloo Road in Cleveland support the Waterloo Streetscape project that promises to improve their business, but the problem is-the project that is supposed to help them is hurting them by keeping away their customers.
"I don't have any business anymore since they started the construction," says business owner Dorothy Canty.
Canty owns DND Fashions. Today she tries to lure in customers by offering chili dogs and fish, but to no avail.
Jackie Chen's Chinese Restaurant, which has been in business for 17 years, is completely empty on a Friday night and the owner blames the construction right outside the front door.
The five million dollar project began last fall and was scheduled to be completed in a year. It was delayed by last winter's severe weather, but zone councilman Mike Polensek says the Waterloo arts and entertainment district will rival that of Tremont's.
"As you can see we are going to create a village concept here," says Polensek.
One of the anchors of the new arts and entertainment district is the ever popular Beachland Ballroom, where business here has also been hurt by the construction, but folks here say they can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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