Birmingham is preparing for the reconstruction of South Old Woodward

As the start date nears for a roughly $10 million reconstruction of South Old Woodward Avenue, some business leaders are publicly voicing their concerns.

They fear the loss of 60 parking spaces, a bus stop relocation and repercussions that include fewer customers and their living dollars.

Blendi Suvaria, representing the Birmingham Pub, pleaded with City Commissioners at a recent meeting.

“I really ask you to reconsider the loss of so many (parking spaces),” he said. “I never received a notice, a letter, an e-mail. I only had one (two months ago). I went to the restaurant every day.

The downtown restaurant, he said, was “very successful” due to the parking spaces lined outside. But his pub fans will have to park further afield, possibly as early as May when reconstruction work at Woodward is due to begin.

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