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A note on the closing of the 300 Quadrant of Square today

A little pain in progress, but worth it in the end: Mayor Harris responds that those on the walk being rebuilt were notified, and that miscommunication with contractor on the extent of today's work was unintentional, but the experience will help on future projects. The contractor has assured him, he said, that the work 300 Quadrant of the Square will be cleared by opening of business Monday morning. -CM

Stephanie Feese and Phylis Gooden write
Our corner of the square (the 300 Quadrant) is closed today due to utility work. We were unaware of this until we arrived (today, Saturday, November 5, 2011) to open our businesses. We apologize to our customers who may have driven from surrounding counties to shop with us today. We were not told by city officials the corner would be closed or we would have announced prior to today. Please post this as soon as possible. - STEPHANIE FEESE, CF DISCOUNT; PHYLIS GOODEN 4-SEASONS
Note: Thanks for making the note. The work underway is the rebuilding of the historic Well Walk off the Square, a badly needed project. Mayor Harris says he is sorry for any any inconvenience to your businesses. It was his thought that the Flower Garden, Barger Insurance, Edward Jones, 4-Seasons and C-F Discount could be assessed by the sidewalks and from the ample parking on the rest of the Square.

"I wasn't made aware of the full extent of the impact on the businesses," he said, "or we would have done more to help them prepare." That, he said, was a miscommunication between the contractor and the city, something the city will be imindful of in future projects.

A detailed plan was given, he said, to Dr. Brown, Farmland Publications/Community Voice and to Best Buys, about the scheduled closing.

He said the city, as always, will build on this experience and will expand notifications next time a major project is undertaken.

The concerns of the impacted businesses are very important to him, he said.

"I do hope that the benefits we think we'll see from improved access to the businesses along the walk and businessses on the Square will more than make up for the inconvenience - in a short time.

Family owned businesses such as 4-Seasons and C-F Discount are an important part of the future of the revived downtown I'm committed to, the staff in City Hall is committed to, and, I believe, every member of the City Council is committed to see happen.

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Major sidewalk rebuilding limited access to businesses today

2011-11-05 - 300 Quadrant of Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
The Pain of Progress: When business owners Phylis Gooden of 4 Seasons Consignment and Stephanie Feese of C-F Supply came to work this morning, they were surprised by the taped off parking area in front of their businesses and wondered why they had not be contacted ahead of time. Mayor Harris, in the accompanying story, that he understands their concern, but it was a one-time failure of communications between the city and the contractor. There had been an assumption that with ample parking around the Square and on side streets, and sidewalk access, customers could still get to the stores. The businesses along the sidewalk being rebuilt, historically known as the Well Walk, were given detailed schedules, Mayor Harris said, because they only have access from their Reed Street back doors. He's hoping that the improved access to the businesses along the walk and to businesses on the Square will make the inconvenience well worth the wait. The Walk is expected to be one of the major routes for what is hoped to be dramatically greater pedestrian traffic from Lindsey Hill.

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