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Hendersonville Main Street Project Delayed

Updated: Thursday, April 25 2013, 10:28 PM EDT
The renovation of Main Street in downtown Hendersonville is still a few months away from completion.

On Monday, city officials explained the cause of the delays in this letter, sent via email to residents and businesses in the downtown area. Despite losing nearly four weeks to bad weather, the project is not behind schedule. City Council asked the contractor—Trace & Company based in Mountain Home—to expand the original scope of work, giving them an additional 63 days of improvements to complete. The added work includes brick walkways in each of the intersections (approximately 33 total), and an extra half-block of improvements from 7th Avenue to King Street.

The original completion date was scheduled for May 14th, but this additional work stretched it to July 17th. That added time does not include any of the lost days due to weather, and in an email to News 13, one city official said the contractor still expects to meet the revised deadline. Perhaps more importantly, the primary stretch of main street up to 6th Avenue should be completed by Memorial Day weekend.

But some downtown business owners have been frustrated by the additional time.

“It was definitely detrimental to our business,” said Susan Copeland of the Carolina Mountain Artists Guild, a co-ownership store selling craftwork made by local artists. The section of main street where her store sits was completed last year, and she’s very happy with the results. “But we love our block now.”

Todd Trace, owner of Trace & Company, is local to the area, and said he’s happy that his company was a part of the improvements. The city contracted with Trace for all three phases.

“This has been the most challenging year, with the utility work on top of everything else. I’m proud of what my guys have done.”

Though the streets have seen more noise, dirt and disruption in the two-and-a-half years since the project began, many customers seem to like the improvements. Jason Lee, an Asheville resident who comes to the area often, says he can’t wait to see Main Street when it’s finished.

“Asheville is great, but I love the quaint nature of the community here, and how they’ve improved upon it. There’s a great ebb and flow to it.”

By Evan DonnovanHendersonville Main Street Project Delayed

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