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Jan 22, 2014 6:44 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

Downtown Management District Steps in to Help Downtown Businesses Affected by Construction

CORPUS CHRISTI - Business owners say construction downtown seems never ending. It all began with the construction out on Chaparral. Now shoreline. Then later this fall construction on Twigg Street will begin.

Yesterday we told you how the street closures were affecting one local business. Now the Downtown Management District is stepping in to help out.

The DMD has created a construction committee. That group will work with the city and be a voice for local businesses when it comes to road construction downtown.

"When you're closing a street down in front of somebody, that's somebody's livelihood. And you're messing with it," said Joe's Crab Shack General Manager Carlos Gonzales.

The downtown management district has heard what businesses are saying, and are now doing something about it.

"It's really important for us to try and minimize those adverse affects that construction brings on. Especially when you're closing streets," said the DMD Executive Director Terry Sweeney.

The goal of this group is to get questions about construction answered, create better access to downtown businesses, and work on promoting the businesses that are trying to stay open in the midst of road closures and construction.

The group will also work with the city to come up with solutions.

"We still think that the projects are important, we gotta keep those moving forward, but we just gotta work together so it's a win-win for everyone," said Sweeney.

Downtown business owners say they are looking forward to see what comes from the group.

"I hope they can accomplish helping everybody out... And listen to what, you know, we have to say and maybe suggestions we have," said Gonzalez.

The construction committee's first meeting will be this Friday. I'm told they will try to compile a list of issues businesses are facing and try to come up with solutions.

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