The City of Charlottesville has launched a

website

related to the upcoming

overhaul

of the pedestrian Downtown Mall.

A lot of the information on the site is still marked “coming soon…”  However, earlier this week they released a


Business Impact Survey


report.



As part of the process of updating and renovating the Downtown Pedestrian Mall, the City is

seeking input

from an array of stakeholders including residents, visitors and business owners. The latter group is of vital importance to the City as the restaurants, retail stores and entertainment venues are the driving force behind the mall’s success. Most agree that the update is necessary and everyone is aware that the process of construction may be disruptive and possibly devastating to businesses if not managed properly.”

Here are some sample comments in the Business Impact Survey from restaurants contemplating the mall reconstruction expected to start no sooner than January 2009.

Art galleries had the following “representative comments”:

As public meetings hit the calendar on this project, Charlottesville Tomorrow will make sure you are informed of the opportunities to participate.

Brian Wheeler

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