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Construction is a Road Block to Business on Marshall Street

Construction blocking Marshall Street.(c) 2018 Sam Carter

Are the on going Marshall Street construction projects affecting local businesses? Click play to learn more.

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By Sam Carter SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Every year at the end of May, many of Syracuse University’s more than 22 thousand students leave the Syracuse area. This mass migration of young people signals the start of the slow season for many of the businesses on Marshall Street. This year however, several ongoing construction projects are, according to proprietors, causing business to be even slower than anticipated.

The construction projects are a large apartment complex known as “The Marshall” and a Syracuse University building that will house the National Veterans Resource Center.  Both building sites are on the west end of Marshall Street.

Monica Nowiki, A Bartender at Orange Crate Brewing Company says the problems caused by the construction are many and varied.

“The thing is with the construction going on. It’s not necessarily that no one comes here. It’s usually that you have families going and taking tours of campus and coming into eat and stuff. But, now with the construction there is nowhere to park. No one wants to come to the area.”

Manager of J Michael Shoes Erik Hicks who is a clothing retailer on the east side of Marshall Street agrees. He says that the building is affecting parking and also believes it is keeping full time Syracuse residents away.

“Any locals that want to come up and they hit that, it can be pretty frustrating.”

Most shop keepers believe that once construction is completed on both buildings conditions will improve. But with the National Veterans Resource Center not due to be completed until spring of 2020 and construction still ongoing at The Marshall, businesses will have to wait for relief.