Store says 9 Mile construction closure is killing business

Some stores in Southfield say an ongoing construction project is killing their business.

- Some stores in Southfield say an ongoing construction project on Nine Mile is killing their business.

It is supposed to be their busiest time of the year, but the owners of Lavin's Flower Land in Southfield are at a loss.

"No way to get through," said Sherry Lavin, co-owner. "No access to Flower Land."

The barrels went up Thursday between Telegraph and Beech Daly. No detours or signs for alternate routes were posted.

"They've closed down the road, all accesses off to our business," said Lavin. "I've called the city 12 times; they told me they would get back to me. I talked to the mayor's office; I left messages with engineering, site plans, with the development department. Nobody will call me back.

On Mother's Day weekend their business was dead.

"We're down $18,000 for the weekend from Saturday and Sunday from last year," Lavin said.

"The customers that have come in are expressing concern and disappointment too," said Jennifer Kraft, co-owner.

"We understand that construction has to happen, and we're on board with that and are willing to participate," Lavin said.  "We understand where you have to be inconvenienced, but I thought it was the law that they still have to have one lane or some way to get in here."

FOX 2 called the mayor's office to ask them to make a change, so workers were sent to put a gap in the barrier and put up a sign letting people know Lavin's is still open.

No one from the city of Southfield returned our call to comment further, but Lavin and Kraft say at least a change has finally been made. They are hoping now to make up for their lost revenue.

"Too bad we had to call FOX 2 to our rescue to get any results after all our phone calls to the city," Kraft said. "It just would've been nice if they would've called us back and got it resolved that way, but thank you for coming out and helping us out."

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