Street Construction Impacts Deep Ellum Businesses

By Josh Ault
|  Friday, May 16, 2014  |  Updated 12:34 PM CDT
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Improvements to one Dallas neighborhood are causing some business owners to worry about keeping their doors open.

Josh Ault, NBC 5

Improvements to one Dallas neighborhood are causing some business owners to worry about keeping their doors open.

Improvements to one Dallas neighborhood are causing some business owners to worry about keeping their doors open.

The construction is happening in Deep Ellum on Elm Street. Improvements to the street began last year.

All of the business owners we spoke with on Elm Street say business has gone down hill.

"It's very difficult because, all the customers, there is nowhere to park," said Fuzzy's Taco Shop manager Jose Badillo.

"It's tough," said Testosterone Barbershop owner Troy King, "Everyone is fighting for the same couple of spaces."

The main issue is parking. Construction has eliminated parking on either side of the street.

We spoke to the co-owner of Glazed Donut Works and he said their business has dropped 40 percent. They have even decided to close on Mondays.

"I've talked to people who avoid this street all together because driving down, it it's like a land mind," said King. "You have got potholes everywhere. I have torn up two tires so far."

However, some customers said the construction is not keeping them from coming to businesses here.

"Not really," said Elm Street customer Matthew Limpede. "It's annoying to deal with, but for the most part I still like to come here."

Most business owners said the improvements will be good for business once they are complete.

"Yea, we are excited about it," said King.

"Once they get done I think everything will go up," added Badillo.

The Dallas Public Works Department said there have been some delays in the project, but they hope to be finished by the end of the year.

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