Caldwell businesses impacted by Main Street construction

Posted at 8:41 PM, Oct 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-18 22:41:08-04

It's been a long six months for the Pet Haven Thrift Store in Caldwell. Located on Main street between 6th and Kimball, business has been slow since crews started to dig up the street in front of their store.

"Several customers they finally ventured in but thought we had been closed because the street was closed, they were surprised to see we were open for the duration," said Beverly Delaney of the Pet Haven Thrift Store.

What started as a sewer project in April turned into a complete revamp of more than four blocks in downtown Caldwell. Crews replacing an 80-year-old water line and adding other utility services. Through much of the construction, Main street from South 5th Avenue to Kimball and 7th street between Main and Arthur have been closed. With projects like the Indian Creek Plaza coming to Caldwell City leaders felt it made sense to get it all done at once. 

"We try to keep it open as much as we could," said Caldwell City Engineer Robb MacDonald." We understand this is an inconvenience to the property owners and business owners down here. By getting this project done it's just keeping us from coming in later and doing it at some other time." 

The manager at Pet Haven Thrift Store says their revenue has dropped between 50 and 70 percent because of the construction. They hope their hard times will be over soon, city engineers say the road work will be all done Thursday by 5 pm. 

"We're excited we're hoping all the customers who haven't been here will come back," said Delaney.