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Salisbury Switches Contractor for Downtown Construction Project

Posted: Jan 12, 2018 5:23 PM Updated:

SALISBURY, Md--Earlier this week, we reported that the city of Salisbury hired a new contractor  to continue the downtown construction project. 

Businesses in the area worry switching contractors could prolong the construction project. 

Monee Wells and her sister Ashley Scott work at Caribbean Flava, a restaurant in Salisbury. The sisters say the ongoing downtown construction has negatively effected their restaurant sells. 

"A lot of customers thought we were closed," says Wells. 

Because of this mindset, Wells and Scott say they have to stay open longer to make up for lost sales. 

When they heard about the status of the construction project, they weren't too pleased. 

"I know that it's going to slow our business down again, a lot of questions from our customers, the customers, are going to ask are we open--where do we park at?" says Wells. 

The city says the cold weather set workers back, but they still plan to finish the final phase of the downtown construction project by June 30. 

Business workers like Brittney Slavens say the ongoing project has been a major inconvenience. 

"Every time you have to go some place downtown, you have to think, how am I going to get there -what backstreets can I take, is there parking, there's never any parking anymore," says Slavens. 

Brent Miller, owner of a real estate company based in downtown Salisbury, says he never imagined the project would take so long. 

"We all thought that period of time was going to be 2 plus years, now with that delay that just makes it worst-you know, it's an inconvenience."

The mayor says 60 percent of phase one is complete. 

As soon as the ice melts, contractors will start working on the street lights, paving and sidewalks. The mayor says the overall project will be completed by summer 2018. 


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