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Seventh Street Project hinders business

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Construction in Beaumont's Old Town neighborhood has been frustrating for local businesses as the multimillion dollar Seventh Street Project near Calder Ave. continues.

The project is expected to wrap up in December but business owners in the area say over the last year and a half they've lost as much as half their sales.

Asim Naem, who owns Shop and Go on 7th street and Louisiana, says the loss of business they've experienced is a direct result of the number of street closures in the area.

“We mostly get our customers from 7th st. and it is closed, there's nothing we can do,” Naem said.

The street will eventually transform from a dug up nightmare into a new three lane road lined with sidewalks, bike lanes and a new sewer and water line system.

In the meantime, signs line Calder Ave. letting the public know businesses like Rosie's Café and Shop and Go are still open, despite not having sidewalks in front of their buildings.

"We put the sign there because a lot of customers think we are closed so we let them know we are still open,” Naem said.

Although business is tough now Naem said he'll be happy with the finished product come December.

"Short term we are just surviving right now but long term we will benefit,” he said.

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