CentrePointe Blasting Could Impact Businesses

Reported by: Ellen Bryan
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Updated: 3/07 7:38 pm

Crews will be doing a test blast at the CentrePointe construction site tomorrow at 10 a.m.

This means traffic will be stopped for up to 10 minutes while crews practice for what will soon be daily blasting.

The blasts are to create an underground parking garage for the new building.

The streets being shut down can be an inconvenience for drivers, business owners we talked to are also worried they could also take a hit.

“Well my concern is that when you read the paper and you see the lines to avoid downtown,” Liza Betz, owner of Failte Irish Import Shop said. “Don't avoid downtown. Don't ever avoid downtown.”

Inspectors did stop inside the buildings to talk to the owners about what they can expect with the blasts. Betz said they told her the blasts won’t be a big deal – that she might not even hear or feel them.

The first blast will happen on March 17th at 10 a.m. Project managers said they chose that time because it’s when there is the least amount of traffic in downtown. The blasts will go off five to six times a week.

Irish Shop and McCarthy’s Irish Pub are planning a special celebration because the first blast date falls on St. Patrick’s Day.

They’re hosting a “Blast Party” at McCarthy’s at 10 a.m.

For more St. Patrick’s Day events in Lexington, visit the website http://www.lexingtonstpatsparade.org/.

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