Newburgh business enterprise proprietors upset with prolonged construction

NEWBURGH — Efrain “Gordo” Acosta, the operator of a barbershop on Liberty Avenue, has been strike with a double-whammy.

Initial, COVID-19 forced a short-term shutdown of his companies. Then months-lengthy development obscured the walkways into his store and took absent client parking.

“It’s like COVID all in excess of once more. There is zero visitors. If I am lucky, I possibly get a person or two walk-in a 7 days,” he claimed, noting his enterprise depends on wander-in customers.

He continued: “It truly is not secure for my clientele and it’s not neat that I have to apologize to them for what the town is accomplishing.”

Acosta opened his shop, Casa De Fxdes Barber Parlor, at 126 Liberty St. a small more than two several years back.

Ongoing construction on Liberty Street in Newburgh, seen on Sept. 9, 2021. Business owners say the delays have hampered access to their shops and limited foot traffic.

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As a Newburgh indigenous, he was energized to be section of the little small business revival in the city’s now-bustling Liberty Avenue corridor. He believes he is just one of the initially Hispanics to open up a business in that location. But now, latest setbacks out of his management have manufactured him be concerned about the longevity of his organization.