Business opens during construction, can't wait for Multnomah Days
UPDATED – Monday 12 August 0800 hours. Delays in repaving Southwest Capitol Highway will not mean delays or detours for Multnomah Days on Saturday August 17. The Multnomah Village Business Association expressed its relief in a press release late last week. "The team met this morning and decided to finish up and fill in the current hole at 35th and Capitol Hwy. They will do a patch over and clean up in that area and the areas around the curbs. They should be done with this early next week. They will not do any more digging until after Multnomah Days, where (sic) they will resume their project."
The newest business in Multnomah Village opened just after Memorial Day, in time to see the streets torn up and potential customers sent through a maze of construction-caused crossings.
Peader Malone, manager at Oregon's Own dispensary at 7881 S.W. Capitol Highway, said the repaving of the road in front of his store has been "interesting."
"They cut off a lot of foot traffic and last Saturday (July 13) when they actually tore up the street, it was a bit of a nightmare," he said. "Being a new business, it's a bit of a stretch to ask customers to cross the street four times to get here."
Then there's the impact of all that heavy equipment.
"It's difficult to really understand the shock of it until you're standing in the shop and the building starts shaking," Malone said. "It's an old building so when they tore up the road, the people upstairs were like 'Oh my God. Are we having an earthquake?' It was that bad."
Malone's business is on the west side of Southwest Capitol Highway, right at the north end of the Multnomah Bridge, pretty much ground zero for the current project and a much larger project next year to widen the road from the bridge south to Barbur Boulevard. He's heard there could be another year and a half of construction ahead.
"But I think moving forward with the roads the way they're going to be and the sidewalks, it's going to be well worth it for the quality of life in Multnomah Village," he said.
Like every other business in Multnomah Village, he's looking forward to Multnomah Days and the estimated 10,000 people expected on Saturday, Aug. 17.
"We've got a massive plan for Multnomah Days," Malone said, which includes a glass-blowing exhibition, a squad of acrobatic cheerleaders and local musicians, who will be "busking," the name for street performances in Malone's native Ireland.
"We're really trying to bring the flow of foot traffic all the way to our store," he said. "You really have to want to come to this end of Multnomah Village, so we'll give people a reason to."
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