Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sewer Work Hurts Chicago South Side Business District

A South Side commercial strip is suffering from a city works project that may put owners permanently out of business.

A new sewer pipe is going along 75th Street. The street blockage and debris are hurting several businesses in the Chatham neighborhood.

COATS: I’m not making any money.

Charlotte Coats owns a shoe store by the same name. In 30 days she may go out of business.

COATS: After seven years of being here, this is how they do us, how they treat us. We gotta go.
Lem's is on 75th Street I wonder how they are doing!

In this article it is noted that this project is scheduled for completion in November and that overtime is not likely to be granted to speed up this process. Also the Alderman was said to be searching for business grants to help business owners along "Renaissance Row".

1 comment:

  1. The sewer work on 75th is unfortunately a necessary evil and I sympathize with the business owners. It also signals a bigger problem that needs to be discussed. How bad are our sewer systems in Chatham? There are sinking sewers along 79th,83rd and 87th and eventually the same type of work is going to have to be performed and there are no plans in place to relocate or move those businesses along those streets.


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