Businesses Say Sewer Reconstruction Stinks

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Some business owners and residents in Lansing's Colonial Village neighborhood say the next phase of city sewer reconstruction, which will start in April, will disrupt their neighborhood.

They're asking the city to consider breaking the construction up over two phases. One would focus on neighborhood streets, the other on Mt. Hope Avenue. As the plans stand now, many neighborhood streets and Mt. Hope will be closed at the same time, making it difficult for shoppers to go to Colonial Village Shopping Center.

Organizers presented the city council with 1,100 signatures Monday. Councilwoman Carol Wood says the city is looking into the proposal. She also said cost could make the change impossible. The city should have cost figures by Thursday.

But not all businesses support the switch. Quality Dairy owners say one year of construction is better than two.