Josh Wittman, co-owner of Milltown in Carrboro, said he understands progress in the area will require a few inconveniences.
“I really want to see the parking deck come in,” he said. “I’m not going to be too whiny about the traffic stops.”
Beryl Rosen, owner of Main Street Gallery, said he thinks the parking deck will appease those who complain about a lack of parking in Carrboro.
“It’s got to be done,” Rosen said. “You just have to bear with it.”
He said he thinks the first week of deliveries will be rough, but will prove worth it in the end.
“I can’t imagine anybody ever saying it can hurt in the long run,” he said.
The parking deck is part of the first phase of the 300 East Main development project — which also includes the construction of a 142-room Hampton Inn & Suites with retail spaces underneath the hotel.
Later phases will include more retail and office spaces.
Laura Van Sant, the property manager, said after construction was delayed because of poor weather, the parking deck and hotel are scheduled to open by late June.
Van Sant said she doesn’t think the project will cause problems for pedestrians or businesses.
During construction, pre-constructed slabs of concrete will be delivered by trucks and lifted into place by a crane.
“The deck is basically like a concrete version of Tinkertoys,” she said.
Though the sidewalk directly in front of the development has been reopened, pedestrians might need to walk on the opposite side of the road during deliveries.
“Pedestrians won’t be inconvenienced much at all,” Van Sant said.
Carrboro Town Manager David Andrews said the town, developer and local business community have worked together to create the least disruptive plan.
“We think we have a plan to where we’re going to encourage people to continue to come downtown and use Carrboro businesses,” he said.
“We don’t think detour routes are going to be necessary.”
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