Hobart salon owner fears Main Street closure will put crimp in her business

2013-04-01T18:00:00Z 2013-05-16T16:47:04Z Hobart salon owner fears Main Street closure will put crimp in her businessDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | Teresa Lake isn't pleased about a road closure that went up Monday southwest of her hair salon.

"I'm not happy about that, of course," said Lake, the owner of Artiste Organic Salon and Spa, 413 Main St. in Hobart.

Lake said her business will be the most affected by the closure. Access is not impossible, she admitted, but it is difficult.

The Main Street closure south of City Hall is to accommodate replacement of an existing sanitary sewer line under the Norfolk Southern Railroad crossing between Fifth and Fourth streets, said Tim Kingsland, Hobart Sanitary/Storm Water District coordinator.

Due to the work involved, a portion of Main Street will be closed for up to 45 days at the railroad crossing. During that time, traffic will not be able to cross the tracks, Kingsland said.

Kingsland hopes the project won't take that long.

So does Lake, who is concerned the closure could mean a loss of business at her salon.

"We count on walk-ins and those dropping by, and we won't have it," Lake said.

Staff at State Farm Insurance and Ginter Realty, located near the closure, said they hadn't experienced any problems the first day of the closure.

"Most people who come to our business come for a specific reason, and we know ahead of time that they are coming to our office," Ginter receptionist Stephanie Segneri said.

Residents who need to conduct business at City Hall, 414 Main St., will be able to enter using the northernmost entrance at Main and Fourth streets.

The southernmost entrance to City Hall will be closed while work is going on, Kingsland said.

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