Las Vegas business owners concerned by construction


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Las Vegas business owners concerned by construction

By Bryan Callahan. CREATED Apr 14, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Torn up roads and heavy machinery have been a regular sight outside the Sunshine Cafe for more than a year.

"It gets worse and worse as our people, our customers have to deal with this project on a daily basis," Sunshine Cafe co-owner Steve Maynard said.

Maynard said he continues to lose business as construction crews install new storm drains and sewer piping along Vegas Drive between Rancho Drive and Jones Boulevard.

"The bills keep coming in," Maynard said.

The Sunshine Cafe is not alone.

"Donations are way down, sales are way down.  Sometimes it just doesn't pay to open the doors in the morning," Thriftyway Charities founder jay Schwartz said.

Business owners said it is not just the narrowing of Vegas Drive that is causing problems for them, they said it is also the fact that they have limited access to their parking lots.

"At one point in time we had one, and they had to come in to us through the bar and leave through the bar," Milford Automotive mechanic Terry Hudspeth said.

Hudspeth said the lack of business isn't just impact the owner of Milford Automotive, but also each of the mechanics who are losing income every month.

"Last year from the year before I took a $5,000 hit in wages," Hudspeth said.

Each of the business owners have reached out to their local councilman, who they said are sympathetic to their problems.

City leaders are asking them try to hold on until August when the project is expected to wrap up.

"I know I can't borrow anymore to stay open, let’s put it that way," Maynard said.

The business owners said that is exactly what they plan to do.

City leaders said the project was always scheduled to take 18 months. They said when completed it will alleviate flooding issues in the valley.

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Bryan Callahan joined the Action News team as a general assignment reporter in August of 2013.