Business owners up in arms over McEuen Park overhaul

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by COLE HEATH & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 10 at 7:41 PM

COEUR D’ALENE--City leaders in Coeur d'Alene approved several new stages of the McEuen Park overhaul Thursday, but one part of that multi-million dollar upgrade isn't sitting well with some business owners.

The city met for several hours to sign off on different parts of the project, however none of them had to do with the actual park; they had to do with the area surrounding it.

Officials signed off on the plan to change parking on Front Avenue from parallel to diagonal.  This will add about 45 more parking spaces to the street.  Right now there are about 40 spaces.

The concern for several business owners is another part of this plan involving what's called curb cuts.  These are breaks in the curbs to access the sidewalk off the street for loading and unloading.  The new plan reduces them from six to one.
   
The owners of Wiggets Antiques on Front Avenue say this plan will affect how they can unload their merchandise, because the diagonal parking along the road mixed with the lack of curb cuts limits how deliveries can get into their store.  They worry that could eventually shut them down.

Mayor Sandi Bloem says the entire overhaul will help bring more business to the area.

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