Atlanta Streetcar Project frustrates some business owners - FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

Atlanta Streetcar Project frustrates some business owners

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA -

When the Atlanta Streetcar Project is complete, new streetcars will run in a loop from the King historic site to Centennial Olympic Park. It promises to bring excitement and people to the downtown area, if residents and businesses can bear through the construction.

You'll see plenty of detours if you drive downtown and in the Auburn district.

"They say it's progress, that's what they say. So who am I," said business owner Lamar Collier.

Collier is a barber with an empty shop. He's been in business since 1975. It was construction on Auburn Avenue seven years ago that caused him to move to a location across from Ebenezer Baptist Church. He says it's the latest construction in preparation for the new streetcars that might make him move again.

"It'll make me retire this time, I guess," said Collier

Tom Weyandt, senior transportation policy advisor to Mayor Reed, says the project is an inconvenience to some.

Weyandt says he believes business owners and residents are looking past the construction and seeing the vision of the nearly $70 million project.

"It provides that last mile of connectivity for people who may use MARTA, coming in from the suburbs, and makes that last mile to Centennial Olympic Park or the King Center or over to Georgia State," Weyandt said.

Over 3,000 feet of the 15,000 feet of track has already been laid. The street cars have been assembled. Weyandt says when the project is completed in spring of 2014, the inconvenience will have been worth it.

"There's going to be a new mode of transportation in front of their business or their home and they're going to have significantly improved sidewalks that will make for a drastically different environment in much of the community," said Weyandt.

It's what Collier is banking on.

"It's going to get better, if we can just hold on until it gets done," said Collier.

Next Wednesday, there will be streetcar construction update meeting open to the public. For more information,on the streetcar project, click here.

  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Dine Out for Project Open Hand

    Dine Out for Project Open Hand

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:39 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:39:13 GMT
    Head out to the a participating restaurant to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of Dining Out For Life.
    Head out to the a participating restaurant to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of Dining Out For Life.
  • Fox 5 I-Team

    Cheap vs. Frugal

    Cheap vs. Frugal

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:15:25 GMT
    There is nothing wrong with saving a buck, but can you cross the line? There is a difference between being cheap and being frugal.
    There is nothing wrong with saving a buck, but can you cross the line? There is a difference between being cheap and being frugal.
  • Mountain Festival Brings Music, Dancing To Dahlonega Square

    Mountain Festival Brings Music, Dancing To Dahlonega Square

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:08 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:08:13 GMT
    The North Georgia town of Dahlonega is best-known for its gold. But this weekend, music will bring more than 50,000 people to the historic town square.
    The North Georgia town of Dahlonega is best-known for its gold. But this weekend, music will bring more than 50,000 people to the historic town square.
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices