CentrePointe blasting concerns businesses

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) On Saturday morning, crews at the CentrePointe Project in downtown Lexington will hold a test blast.

It’s a sign of things to come; blasting will begin on a regular schedule on Saint Patrick’s Day and for some nearby businesses that's bad timing.

Those who work along one stretch of South Upper Street refer to it as "Irish row" and they say the block's busiest time of year is right around the corner on St. Patrick’s Day.

But this year, that day might be an unlucky one because their busiest day will also be accompanied with a bit of blasting.

On March 17th, regular blasting is set to begin on CentrePointe which is located just a stone's throw away from Liza Betz' Irish Import Shop, Failte.

The blasting will be at 10 a.m. which comes at an inconvenient hour for some. “The little bakery up the street said their busiest time is 10 a.m. on a Saturday,” said Liza Betz.

Another big concern is how the blasting will physically impact nearby stores and shops.

“I was concerned that maybe stuff would fall off the walls but apparently not. They said after every blasting, which should take about 10 minutes, to just kind of push the products back on the shelf,” Betz explained to WKYT.

But at the end of the day, “A bit of dynamite isn't going to bring the Irish down,” Betz is going to make the best out of the blasting.

“We are having a blast party on March 17th in McCarthy’s and in Failte. Everyone is welcome and hard hats may be required.”

The regular blasting starts on Monday March 17th and will continue for the next eight to ten weeks.

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