Non-profit helps local businesses near construction

Non-profit helps businesses near Downtown Spokane construction

SPOKANE, Wash. – As construction continues along the Lincoln and Monroe corridor in Downtown Spokane, some restaurant owners said Tuesday it is taking a serious toll on their bottom line.

Now, some local shop owners are working to change that.

Despite the crowdedness and it taking you a bit longer to get where you need to go, downtown businesses are banding with the community to invite you to lunch.

Brooklyn’s Deli has become a second home for Tori Bridges. It is among 20 restaurants along Lincoln and Monroe struggling to stay open during construction.

“I’ve been working here for almost three years, and I eat breakfast and lunch here everyday,” she said.

Bridges said the roads need love, but it is hard when they are hit from every angle. Crews have been working since June upgrading roads between 2nd and Main Street with sidewalk repairs, new street lights, and curb extensions.

Construction is not scheduled to wrap up until November – but even that will be short-lived.

Crews will be back in the spring to start reconstruction along the same corridor, this time from 4th Avenue to 8th Avenue. It is why the City of Spokane is working to keep businesses in the area afloat.

The city is partnering with the Association of Realtors to encourage members to have lunch downtown this week and plans to target other professional groups to do the same.

“I think more and more people are going to know what’s here and get excited about it,” Bridges said.

Bridges said she hopes the rest of the community will follow suit and support local businesses.

(© 2016 KREM)


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