Downtown Construction Forces Long-Time Waukesha Business to Close its Doors

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WAUKESHA — For 11 years the Sprizzo Gallery Caffe’ operated in downtown Waukesha. Just this past weekend the business closed its doors at 363 W. Main Street for good.

Citing the upcoming construction this month on West Main Street, Owner Karla Harper said the Sprizzo restaurant officially closed down over the weekend. In an online article published today by Sarah Pryor, Harper told the Freeman:

 

“Even with an amazing pro-active city staff, it is simply too challenging for Sprizzo or any business to weather two consecutive years of road construction and closed streets,” Harper said. “Sprizzo only has one customer entrance. Blocking that entrance and removing sidewalks and streets will diminish the customer base, especially to those with mobility issues. It is no one’s fault. It is what it is. Anytime you close the streets, you displace regular customers who proceed to find new places that have easier access.”

Harper also told the Freeman that both the business and property are for sale. Harper stated that if anyone may be interested in purchasing Sprizzo and the building, they should contact Summit Realty at 414-791-2774.

Is this the end of Harper’s entrepreneurship in downtown Waukesha?

Although construction and restoration forced Harper to close Sprizzo, she told the Freeman that something else may be in the works:

“We have another venture for downtown in mind and will be working those details out after some much needed rest and a vacation,” Harper said. “Many thanks to our staff, customers, and the great city of Waukesha for your support!”

Downtown Street Construction Schedule 2015-2020

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Scheduled Construction Woes

2014 saw the reconstruction of Clinton Street, which successfully completed on schedule with pretty minimal disruption.

For 2015 the West Main Street reconstruction schedule is as follows:

Phase 1

– February 23 to March 18

Maple Avenue is closed to through traffic.

  • Temporary parking closures on W. Main Street are necessary to complete the storm sewer lining.
  • The W. Main Street and Maple Avenue intersection will be closed temporarily and re-opened as soon as possible.

Phase 2

– March 18 to April 10

  1. Main Street between Maple Avenue and Clinton Street is closed to through traffic.
  • The W. Main Street and Maple Avenue intersection will have temporary short term closures.
  • Once the underground utility work is finished in this section, the roadway will be re-opened.

Phase 3

– April 10 to May 8

  1. Main Street between Maple Avenue and Wisconsin Avenue is closed to through traffic.
  • The W. Main Street and Maple Avenue intersection will have temporary short term closures.

Phase 4

– May 8 to July 10

  1. Main Street between Wisconsin Avenue and Clinton Street is closed to through traffic.
  • The sidewalks will remain in place until just prior to the removal and replacement.
  • Maple Avenue will remain open to provide parking and pedestrian access.
  • There will be times vehicular access to driveways will not be allowed. Once the road reconstruction work is completed, W. Main Street will be re-opened.

Phase 5

– July 10 to August 7

Maple Avenue is closed to through traffic.

  • W. Main Street will be finished and remain open.

 

Will the project force other businesses to leave?

Only time will tell just how much effect the downtown reconstruction project will have on local Waukesha businesses.

According to the downtown construction schedule, 2016 will be a disruptive phase when W. Main Street will incrementally be closed between Barstow Street and Clinton Street.

 

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