Since October 9th, Water Street between Peck and Dover Street has been closed due to work being performed by the New York City’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC).
Phase 1 of the six month construction project is designed to continue water-main installation which the City already completed on the block between Beekman and Peckslip. Later, DDC workers will continue their cobble stone restoration on Peck Slip to the north side of the road between South and Water Streets.
A one-block area between Dover Street and Peck Slip was closed on the 9th of October until the spring of 2013 due to installation of the main, forcing traffic to bypass the area.
However, as reported by DNAinfo, this long term project has been a bit of a burden for businesses located along Water Street, especially for those relying on road access for the arrival and shipment of products.
“We receive products and ship products, and we do this by van and by truck,” said Grace Clerihew to DNA info, owner of the catering business Table Tales, at 265 Water St. “When shipments cannot access our store, that’s a real problem.”
Yet while some business owners are complaining about the effects of the construction project on commerce, others are able to see the long term benefits of the project for the area.
We here at Battery Park Blog feel that in Spring of next year when the construction is all complete, we will also say to each other, “that wasn’t so bad after all.”