Hyde Park Village construction causing headaches; business owners look to future

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – An ongoing construction project is supposed to give Hyde Park Village a new look, but the renovations are causing headaches.

New trees will be planted in Hyde Park Village. In addition, buildings will be refaced, streets will be upgraded and several new retailers will be moving to the quaint shopping area, Village General Manager Susan Martin said.

But right now, retailers and customers have to deal with major construction. Many retailers say they’ve noticed a drop in business compared to last year. They are hoping signs and specials will entice customers who otherwise might be turned off from the loud noises and eye sores of the construction zone.

Currently, you cannot turn into Hyde Park Village from Swann Avenue. Instead, you need to drive to Howard Avenue and make your way around Morrison Avenue.

The renovation project will be completed in phases. The Swann Avenue entrance is expected to reopen this fall. The much-anticipated Goody Goody restaurant and Vineyard Vine store will open soon after.

Aging pipes under Swann are also being replaced.

The construction will move linearly down South Dakota Avenue during the next two years. Business owners may be bummed about the decline in business for now, but overall, they are very excited about the renovation of Hyde Park Village.

The project is only three weeks behind and is slated to be completed in 2018, Martin said. New stores will open at that time.

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