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Business Owners in Downtown Allegan Fear Another Construction Season: Concerns About Roundabout Project

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 7, 2024
Downtown Allegan business owners express worries about roundabout construction in their area

Business owners in downtown Allegan are expressing concerns about the upcoming construction projects that may drive customers away. Last year, during the construction season, Hathaway Cottage & Gifts employee Shelly Evans recalled how the business suffered. She expressed worry that this year’s project, which involves installing a roundabout at the junction of five streets just outside of downtown Allegan, could have a similar impact.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for the project and explained that it is part of a larger effort to resurface a significant portion of M-89 leading into the city. The road closure will begin on March 25 and reopen in time for the Allegan County Fair. However, some business owners have concerns based on past experiences.

Trisha Winter, owner of Something Sweet For You, recalled how difficult it was for customers to visit her store last summer when construction made it challenging to navigate around the area. Despite these challenges, Winter has faith in downtown Allegan’s potential and expressed hope that customers would continue to support local businesses like hers.

Downtown and Community Services Manager Parker Johnson explained that while he understands business owners’ concerns, he believes that this project will ultimately improve the area by making it safer and more accessible for visitors. He also noted that there would be two stages of construction, with each stage lasting approximately six months. The second stage would follow after the fair and is expected to be completed by November.

By Samantha Johnson

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