I Want To Keep It Short But I Canít! Redevelopment Comes With A Price! Construction On Parramore In Holden Heights!
BY JIMMIE WILLIAMS
ORLANDO - So I took a walk around the neighborhood to ask the question, "How's the construction affecting people's everyday life?" One person I spoke with said, "Mr. Williams I'm not used to being around this type of operation. With all of these heavy duty machines everywhere, road signs and barrier signs all of which has nothing to do with the I-4 Project. This is street work that includes pipelines and sidewalks and I can't get to Alís Food Store, the bar or the gas station. It's like walking through a war zone." She went on to say that since the work started we really have to watch out for the kids going back and forth to the store for milk, eggs, etc. So I say to myself, why don't I go talk with the store owners to find out how the construction work is affecting their businesses in the Holden Heights Community. Well you can just look at the parking lots and it will tell you how their businesses are doing. There were no cars in the parking lot at Alís Food Store, the gas station or the bar. I must say that my wife and I of Drop D No Limits Foundation depend on these businesses for their sponsorship to be able to host community events in Holden Heights. After talking with Mr. Al of Alís Food Store he said to me, "Mr. Williams you know I will support you because you are doing some great work in this community, but business is bad because of the construction work.Ē He also said, "Mr. Williams we want to keep supporting you but is there any way the company that is doing the construction work can open up more ways so people can get to our businesses?" The bar owner said, "Mr. Williams I'm new here in this community and we also love supporting you and our community events, but we need to make money to do that. We love giving back in a big way but just like Mr. Al said, the construction is killing our business." I say the gas station need for cars and trucks to be able to get to the gas pumps. Right now there's one way in and one way out and that slows down traffic, so they lose sales at the pump. Mr. Al proposed that it might help if they do some of the construction work at night when most of the businesses are closed for the day. He said, "This is not too much to ask if itís going to help save our businesses." Well I agree with Mr. Al that in the least they could leave the streets open during the day. Mr. Al asked for my help and I asked, "How can I help?" He responded, "Mr. Williams can you write about it and maybe they will do something about it.Ē So I feel obligated to do so because they are some of my biggest supporters. Whether or not this helps I did what my supporters asked of me and that is to help them so that their businesses are not struggling to survive during all of the construction. I'll see you at the next community event. Don't Meet Me There, Beat Me There!