PHOENIX, Ore. — The high-profile Fern Valley Interchange Project in Phoenix will impact traffic during construction, and the problem could be amplified as additional projects in the city get underway.
The Believe Salon is just two months old, and owner Maggie Mena picked the Phoenix location with her clients in mind.
“I was like ‘am I just going to be busy with my own clients?’ but thankfully, I’m doing really good with walk-ins too,” said Mena.
Located just off North Main Street, her salon is likely to be impacted by traffic projects, both through the Oregon Department of Transportation and the city of Phoenix.
“Right now, since they’re not doing a lot of construction, they don’t say much, but I could just see it when they start doing it, maybe even lose a little bit of my clients,” said Mena.
Empty storefronts can be seen all along North Main Street and it’s the goal of the Phoenix Urban Renewal Agency to help meet the city’s economic development goals.
“Boy, when I look around Phoenix, I see all the potential that’s here,” said executive director of the Phoenix Urban Renewal Agency, Marla Cates
After much public comment and traffic studies, the agency is recommending to the city council to change North Main Street to just a single lane, a move Cates thinks will bring more people out.
“To make Main Street more like Main Street and find a way to slow down the traffic so it can become more pedestrian friendly and much more friendly to smaller businesses,” said Cates.
Mena said she opened her salon knowing some construction was in the future, but knows in a few years when projects are complete, it will all be worth it.
“It’s going to help a lot, because even though right now they’re not doing anything, I’m getting some business out of it. I could just see if they do, do that, I’m going to be busy,” said Mena.