Downtown Business Frustrated by Constant Construction

By on July 3, 2018

From KMOV:  David Bailey owns several restaurants downtown and is a big supporter of the area’s growth, but says constant construction is hurting business.

“We’ve had people think we’re closed or come in and ask if we’re still open,” said Bailey.

Outside Bailey’s Range, the burger spot on Olive and 10th, boards cover some of the windows and the sidewalk is blocked by cones and construction equipment. Down the street in front of Bridge Tap House, there’s more construction.

“It’s just been a lot of blocking our storefronts and leaving stuff over the weekend that’s causing problems,” said Bailey.

There is a lot going on downtown. Projects from Spire, new construction, but the biggest is a major infrastructure project from Ameren. They are spending $25 million to help improve service reliability. They are replacing miles of cables underneath the streets of downtown.

Ameren held a meeting earlier this month to update residents and business owners on the project. They also responded to Bailey’s concerns.

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