Jul 11, 2013 7:15 PM by Caroline Flores - email@example.com
CORPUS CHRISTI - The renovation work on Chaparral street is just about wrapped up. In a couple of months the stretch of road in downtown will be accessible to potential customers of downtown businesses.
Crews are now working the section of Chaparral between Schatzell and William. While many business owners are excited for all of this construction to come to an end, some say it's a little too late. Some businesses on William are either about to shut down or already have.
"We have no sidewalk. People think we're closed," said owner of Sonja's Sonja Silvertooth.
Before the construction, Sonja says her restaurant was always full of people. Now she says she's lucky to get a few people a day.
"It has really hurt me, very bad. And I need my customers back," said Sonja.
While Sonja is fighting to keep her doors open, others like the Owner of the Urban Fair Café has accepted defeat. They closed their doors yesterday.
"Once this happened, that just killed us.. Completely," said owner Imi Kassam.
Imi says the circumstances that forced him to shutdown his restaurant are beyond his control. If there were other problems, he would have been able to save his café.
"I don't like your food, I don't like your prices, I don't like your portion control, I don't like your service. It could be any one of those issues. You can fix those. That I can't do anything with," said Kassam.
But with the hope of this project wrapping up soon, people like Sonja say they are going to keep going and hope for the best.
"This is my livelihood, that place. You know, everything I've ever owned went into this place. I cannot just up and close up and do nothing," said Sonja.
The city says relief should be coming within the next few months. By October, the city says both residents and business owners will be able to use the street again and get to all of these businesses again.