July 7, 2022 10:13 p.m
Posted: Jul 7, 2022 10:13 pm
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Spokane, Wash. — A Thor Street business owner is pumping into his savings to keep his dream alive, saying construction work is putting him out of business.
Thor Street has been closed for months while Freya is open as a one-way street. It was supposed to change a month ago, but the city says it’s been delayed.
While some local companies have been at the forefront of manufacturing, others have been unaffected. Due to the affair, customers who may have entered the store on Thor cannot easily reach them, and the owners are waiting for them to be replaced.
“Dogtown usually has about 20 to 30 customers a day, I think I have three today,” said store owner Scott Cates.
The build of Thor takes place right outside Scott Cates’ door, making it difficult for even his regular Dogtown Company customers to get in.
“I need to make a big loop,” said one customer, Nick. “I used to be able to get into this parking lot easily, but they found this really narrow little spot in the corner and I’m sure a lot of people don’t even realize it’s there. But we still come here. Huh.”
Thor’s construction should have been completed a month early.
“We’ve seen some delays,” said Kirsten Davis, communications manager for the City of Spokane. “At this point we see about 3 weeks away.”
Weather, supply chain issues and staff are to blame. Davis says that despite the delay, the entire Thor/Freya construction project will still be completed on time by the end of November.
“The Freya side is less infrastructure challenging, it has fewer utilities so it will move faster,” Davis said.
After using her savings to leave the lights on, Kate counts down the days.
“You can only mop the floor so many times,” he said. “You know, you can only create so many leases, you can only send so many emails.”
The city says it will let people know in advance when construction will begin on Freya. But it’s an easy way for motorists to pay attention to signs and detours in mid-August.
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