GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Some Main Street businesses say the Uplift construction is tearing them up. Plus, it's uprooting next weekend's Art and Jazz Festival, something they say will take clientele further away from them.
"I think it will bring in a lot of business, being right in front of our restaurant. A lot more people will see it," says James Lathrop, assistant manager of Evan's Downtown Deli.
The Jazz Festival stage is moving locations from in front of the Wells Fargo Bank building on 4th, to the middle of the intersection on 6th and Main.
It's great news for businesses in that area like Evan's Downtown Deli, who says they'll take full advantage of the crowds.
"We'll have food out front and inside," says Lathrop.
But for businesses like Dream Cafe, who say they're already suffering from being in the heart of construction, it's making a bad situation worse.
"We've had some customers who have complained you know that it's hard to find us, or they didn't know how to find us or that they didn't come because they couldn't find us," says Loretta Arellano, manager at Dream Cafe.
They say losing the stage from near the restaurant is going to be a double whammy to their already sluggish income. "You know, it has not been very helpful for us," says Arellano.
But officials with the Downtown Partnership say it won't be too bad for most businesses because the foot traffic for checking out artist booths will still be there.
"There are always three blocks of artists and this year there will be no exception, it will just be between 4th and 7th this year," says Kathy Dirks with the Downtown Partnership.
And while the booths will be in a slightly different location, officials say there should be enough business to go around. "I think people are anxious to get outside, get downtown and enjoy the event season," says Dirks.
Luckily businesses between 3rd and 4th Streets won't have to endure the construction for too much longer. Construction will end in a few weeks, just in time for the Farmer's Market. "Absolutely, it will be in the same place from 3rd to 7th and it begins June 10th," says Dirks.
That's good news for the Dream Cafe whose staff is already having visions of happy diners on the patio.
This weekend is the Cinco De Mayo Festival on Colorado Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets. Downtown Partnership officials suggest festival goers use the parking garage for all downtown events.