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Construction impacting Hanover Square businesses

Stores and restaurants in Hanover Square say roadwork in the downtown Syracuse neighborhood is hurting them, with some owners reporting the construction has cut their business in half.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Stores and restaurants in Hanover Square say roadwork in the downtown Syracuse neighborhood is hurting them, with some owners reporting the construction has cut their business in half.

“The jackhammer, the dust, I mean people are cancelling parties until this is over,” said Robert Fritcher, owner of Anthony’s Pasta Bar in Hanover Square.

Fritcher says business is down 50 percent since the construction started about a month ago and it's impacting his business during the critical holiday season.

“When it's all said and done it’s going to look great, but I just think they picked the wrong time of the year to do it,” Fritcher said. “This is the busiest time of year for us, we do a lot of Christmas parties.”

The construction is not only an eyesore, but also eliminates more than a dozen parking spots in Hanover Square.

“I've heard some people say, I thought those businesses were closed,” Fritcher said.

"Believe in Syracuse" is stepping in to support Hanover Square, by hosting an event at the Elbow Room on Wednesday in hopes of bringing customers in and spreading the word that despite construction, Hanover Square is open for business.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. and Believe in Syracuse says there will be food and drink specials.

“We believe in our community. We think it’s on the rise, moving in the right direction and we want to use this as an opportunity to show we're in it together,” said John DeSantis with Believe in Syracuse.

The construction is scheduled to be completed by mid December.

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