Norfolk - Piled high with all kinds of fixings, customers at MachismoBurrito bar get their money's worth, but thanks to the constructionat its front door, the business isn't getting its money's worthanymore.
Profits are down, almost in half says owner Bill Caton.
"We had zero parking at times, construction blocking the view ofour building for weeks on end."
At the store's Virgina Beach location, Caton is trying tomake up for lost profits in Norfolk. He's even added delivery andSunday hours.
"I'm just trying to fight right now to keep everything paid andjust doing my best, working harder, working more hours myself totry and get my payroll down to cover my losses."
Light rail is taking a heavy toll on many area businesses.The latest project will shut down Ballentine Boulevard for 10 daysforcing nearby residents and business to follow the detours. Thecity is trying to soften the blow says spokesperson Bob Batcher.
"The success of the businesses in Norfolk are of utmostimportance."
Batcher says transit leaders are in constant communicationwith business to help them navigate through the upcoming projects.Ten On Your Side learned a month ago about the citywide businessassistance program. Bogged down with a budget and federal stimuluscash, the update wasn't much.
"As for as the package you are looking for there is staff workbeing done for a presentation to the council after the budgetprocess probably."
That could take weeks. In the meantime, Caton is negotiating adeal to move the burrito bar to a new location in Norfolk. One with a clear view of the street.
"If the city's going to give me something I'll take it; just tohelp move me that would be a great help."
Transit leaders meet with residents and businesses owners everyMonday at 4 p.m. to share the latest update on projects that affecttheir lives.
Charges have been made in a domestic abuse investigation involving a 74-year-old woman in Elizabeth City.
Witnesses tell WAVY.com the attack of a shopper was the cause of a heavy police presence at the Ross department store at Military Circle in Norfolk Wednesday night.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.