Customers irked by work

Construction crews have been hard at work in Grand Haven’s Centertown for the past several weeks.
Alex Doty
May 5, 2014

But the project has led to some challenges for those who make a habit of coming to the area.

Seth Gravelyn said the construction work has made it more difficult to dine at Morning Star Café, 711 Washington Ave.

“It’s super annoying,” said Gravelyn, who had just finished parking his car. “There were no spots, so we had to drive all the way around (the block).”

The construction project is bringing utility and streetscape improvements on Washington Avenue between Beacon Boulevard and Seventh Street.

Due to construction, through-traffic isn’t allowed on Washington. Detours have been posted, and public parking lots are accessible from Franklin, Columbus and Seventh streets.

City officials say they want to maintain traffic at Eighth Street and at Washington and Seventh as much as possible during the project. Grand Haven Downtown Development Authority Director Diane Larkin said she’ll use social media to spread the word about detours and Centertown being open.

As the weather improves, Larkin hopes more people get out and walk to do business in the district.

“I haven’t gotten any feedback yet from businesses yet personally, (but) we’re keeping a very close eye and doing what we can to drive traffic to Centertown businesses,” she said.

Larkin added that she’s told business owners to ask employees to park farther from their workplace in order to keep prime parking spaces open for customers.

Local business owners and their employees say they are rolling with the punches that the project brings.

“We actually, for us personally, have not had a huge change,” said Elijah Russ, a host at Morning Star Cafe. “A lot of people like to come in here.”

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Comments

Interestedreader

Geez take a lax, reconstruction will have its moments.

bradwebber79@gm...

All the way around the block and then walk. Ouch.... All these improvements are well worth it.

happycamper

Basically, people like to park at the front door, if that don't happen they will complain of their rights and want to sue, another fellow complain also because he could not use Washington like he always did and made his life miserable, it will be over soon and will be able to enjoy our new center-town.

jlebrasseur

Wow, people are complaining about walking 50'? Its good for you! Could always commute by bike and you wont have many of these issues...

Wolverine49457

Growing pains...part of Lincoln is closed so it's a round Mercury for some of us but once the bypass is in a ten minute ride as opposed to 40 to see our grand kids :-D

Straightjacket

The fatest people park the closest to the door. I never shop at Walmart but when passing by I see the fat people casing the handicap spots and circling the parking lot looking for the closest spot to park because they a to lazy to try walking. Another entitlement for them.

jenkem

Check your thin privilege

happycamper

Come on people, i think the Walmart jokes are getting old !!!

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