The owners of two Gouverneur businesses say a planned highway reconstruction project on route 11 may force them to relocate their East Main Street businesses outside the village.
Ken Richardson of Richardson's Flooring says his business will be a victim of infrastructural progress once the state Department of Transportation begins a two-year reconstruction project on State Route 11. For more than 20 years in the same spot, he says he may have to relocate because the project will take a portion of his property, through eminent domain.
"In an era where you think the state would be pro-business, on my side, I hate to admit it, I'm feeling the opposite", said Richardson. "I feel its a bit negative and they're not working with me like they properly should."
Across the street A-Plus Auto owner Bill Infield told us the planned construction will also reduce space he has used for parking and deliveries. After 23 years in that location, he says he might move out of the village and start over.
Both businesses see the need for improvement, but aren't entirely happy with the project.
Saturday, July 23, 2016, Watertown, NY