It’s been a busy weekend in the Delmar Loop and business owners in the area have reason to celebrate. A major leg of the neighborhood’s trolley project has just been completed.
The DeBaliviere Bridge over Metro near Forest Park Parkway finally reopened Friday after months of repairs related to the trolley project.
But since spring, business owner Tyronn Nunnelly says those seeking styling services from his salon Blue Element have been a little more disheviled when they reach him.
“They’re complaining about parking,” said Nunnelly, Owner, Blue Element Salon.
Parking issues, combined with road closures and congestion along Delmar boulevard, business owners like Nunnelly say, have taken their toll on sales.
“I would think if you’re driving by and thinking about stopping, you might decide to go somewhere else,” said Nunnelly.
But Trolley proponents say there are other facts at play.
“September…there’s a big dip this time of year. Labor day is over, kids are going back to school,” said Joe Edwards, Owner of The Blueberry Hill Restaurant, and Spokesman for the Loop Trolley Transportation Project.
The two mile streetcar line being installed between Delmar Loop and Forest Park will be a game changer- according to Edwards.
“It’s pretty exciting. And soon they’ll be able to ride on the trolley,” said Edwards.
With the project almost halfway completed many say the trolley will be well worth the temporary inconvenience.
“You can hop on metrolink from downtown or the airport or any neighborhood and get down here. It will connect the loop to the 12 million visitors to forest park attractions,” said Edwards.
“I can’t wait, can’t wait at all,” said Chante Bolden, a frequent Loop shopper.
The $43 million dollar project, funded mostly by federal grants, will be completed in late 2016.
KSDK-TV © September 2015