Construction in Downtown East Lansing still hurting businesses

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Construction in downtown East Lansing has been underway for well over a year now, and although it’s expected to be wrapped up by the end of this summer, one local business owner said his sales are still down.

Ali Haider owns the 7-Eleven on the corner of Albert Ave. and Grove St. and he said it’s been hard. “When you don’t have a lot of people coming it can be very hard for some businesses,” Haider said. “A lot of people they don’t want to come this way because the way traffic pattern is.”

Tom Walsh stops by the 7-Eleven about once a week and says it’s inconvenient to drive due to Albert Ave. only being one way.

“You know, obviously they took up a lane of traffic and I mean it’s kind of intimidating I guess,” Walsh said.

East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows said it’s just the nature of construction and that the city has been helping businesses with free parking and signage. 

“Almost every business in the downtown is probably hurting from the construction. The construction is not complete so I don’t think anybody should expect that you know anything is gonna change,” Mayor Meadows said.

Haider said the city and the mayor have been supportive, but ultimately, there isn’t much they can do until construction is complete. He just hopes it actually wraps up when it’s scheduled to in August.

“Business depend on the football season from september to november those are the big months so at this point the more concern is construction is gonna be done on time,” Haider said. 

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