Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-05-01 00:06:05 –
Nashville, Tennessee (WKRN) — A welcoming sight for many as the remarkable streets of historic downtown were re-accessed on Friday.
“It’s definitely a sigh of relief just knowing that downtown can work open, even if Second Avenue is open,” said Zack Horn.
Horn, a salesperson for French’s Shoes and Boots on 2nd Avenue, said the four-month recovery and readjustment was chaotic.
“We are one of the last stores on this side of the open Second Avenue,” Horn said.
The Frenchs have recently begun to see an increase in business due to walking traffic, but Horn is looking forward to cars accessing the road for customers to enter.
The Second Avenue Task Force has told News 2 that Church Street from 1st to 3rd Avenue will reopen on Friday and only about one block of Second Avenue is not yet open to the public.
“This is like the place we were expecting at the moment, and of course with the reopening of the city after the pandemic, we are starting to make some progress, but we have more traffic. It’s time to open more streets because we’re getting it, “said manager Ron Gobel.
Many companies have already returned to the spot on Second Avenue, according to Gobel, but there’s still a lot to do with the buildings near the blast site.
“Business owners are experiencing trauma with trauma. The pandemic clearly affected their business, and it’s a real tragedy that all of this suddenly fell on them on Christmas day,” Gobel said. Told.
Tourists walking in the downtown area on Friday could not help but be aware of the wooden windows and the construction being done around them to repair what the bombing left behind.
“I’m really happy to see everyone,” said Sarah Daedrick. “It’s strange how much they already have to do and do.”
Metro Public Works has removed 68 tonnes of debris from the field in the last four months.
According to Gobel, the current work is primarily focused on rebuilding Second Avenue and returning it to its former state.
“It’s amazing that not only the people outside the town, but also the interest from Nashvilians and the interest in seeing the area reborn and revived. And to make it happen as soon as possible. It’s one of our goals. Obviously, these buildings were very damaged, even though they looked good, but often they were internally damaged and structurally damaged. “It was,” said Gobel.
There’s a long way to go, but the reopening on Friday seemed to act as a bright spot in the rear view of Nashville where the darkest days might come.
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