City of Tuscaloosa helping businesses mitigate new construction

Tuscaloosa construction impact on business

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - The city of Tuscaloosa wants to help businesses that are hurting as a result of the ongoing road improvements downtown.

Businesses are still open despite several closed roads and sidewalks which appear to hurt businesses on Lurleen Wallace Boulevard north and south and surrounding streets.

Friday the City hosted an orientation for the new Construction Mitigation Program.

The city can’t give companies cash for their trouble, but they could give them a tax break or try to help them in other ways.

“We’ve been working with them for the last 4 to 6 weeks trying to develop a program that can help offset some of the negative impacts of the Lurleen Road construction project,” Brendon Moore, Executive Director Urban Development for the city of Tuscaloosa told WBRC.

The city contacted more than 30 businesses that could be eligible for help.

Moore said the city is also in the process of setting up an online system so businesses affected negatively by road construction can apply for help from the city.

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