Electrical work continues to cause concerns as we work through the process of discovering the locations and conditions of the various utilities in the 100 Block.
It is very likely that the 100 Block will now be completely shut down for one year beginning on April 20, 2009.
We had hoped to have Jackson completely reopened at that time but the need for additional electrical work will cause us to have to keep the configuration we are currently using in place for a little longer.
This will allow us to keep the project on schedule.
I will set up a meeting either at the Emporium or Commerce Lofts Conference Room, probably on April 14, 2009 at 5pm. When that date and time is confirmed, I will send out notice to everyone along with a press release. At that meeting, the Contractor and Engineers can describe the next steps.
We are still working on issues related to materials handling but continue to hope that the minor issues left will get worked out soon.
Parking areas for loading/unloading and signage are being discussed in Engineering and we hope to have some proposals for that by the next meeting.
Martha Kopp and her folks at Exhibitor Source by Skyline have created a very nice sign that she is circulating among folks on the 100 Block for review which is to be placed on construction barricades at either end of the 100 Block. These signs will likely be 4'X 8', color with the finished rendering of the completed 100 Block and current businesses listed. Thanks to Martha and Michelle at CBID for their work in getting this done. Other promotions will hopefully be planned in the future.
Many events are going on downtown this month and particularly this weekend and the Contractor is taking measures to work with us and for that we are very grateful.
Also best wishes to Stanton Webster at Nama who is to be married this weekend.
Also, congratulations to Jeffery Nash and the Crown and Goose in the Old City on their one year anniversary.