Downtown Greensboro businesses open despite construction on greenway

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- From the very beginning, Jim Jones, co-owner of Joymongers Brewing Co., was well aware of the construction in downtown Greensboro.

“That was one of the reasons why I was interested in this property,” he said.

The orange cones and the blocked [Eugene] Street in front of his business makes it’s worth the wait in his opinion.

“We've been open for four months.  It has been four crazy, fantastic months,” Jones said as he reflected. "With the urban loop and the greenway.  [It’s] going to create a beautiful park, so that fit right into our plans.”

This week, the City of Greensboro started construction of the northern section of its Downtown Greenway.

“Because of this project we've seen a lot of redevelopment in the area and so one of the things we make sure we got to do is maintain access.  Those businesses are all open,” said Chris Spencer, with the Greensboro Department of Transportation.

This is part of the plan for a four mile downtown greenway loop.  The construction has blocked off a portion of North Eugene Street and the southbound lane towards Fisher Avenue.

“When it's complete it will be great system of greenways that will that will interconnect all of the greenways in Greensboro,” Spencer said.

“You know, anytime you have progress and you have something good in the future it is going to require a little of inconvenience in the short term,” Jones said.

Construction should be complete by the spring and then crews will move over to Fisher Avenue to continue work.

That should be done in the summer.