Parking Problems On Demonbreun Hurt Several Businesses
by Chris Cannon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Construction on a new high-rise apartment building on Demonbreun Street in Nashville has closed a busy parking lot, making it difficult for many customers to get to some businesses.
Crews have been working on 1515 Demonbreun since early December, taking away hundreds of parking spaces used for many years by customers of a strip of businesses across the street.
"Nine and a half years we've been here," said Aimee Johns, owner of Flavour Boutique.
Her business sits directly across from the construction site, the lot where her customers used to park.
"We're a destination location to begin with, but now that they parking is gone across the street, I mean, it's a struggle," Johns said.
She is changing the way she gets her products to customers in an effort to keep sales from falling off.
"We're packing stuff up and taking things to people so we can try to generate some income, some how, to pay the rent and utilities," she explained.
Johns is not sure how much more of a struggle she can handle, financially and emotionally.
"I'm the power of positive thinking, but it's been a nightmare. It's, it's just disappointing. It's sad," Johns said. "I've put a lot of passion into this place and I can see the demise of it happening right now."
Flavour closes at 6:00 p.m. during the week, but there are many restaurants and bars on Demonbreun that stay open well into the night.
Most drivers are well aware of the parking problems before they come to the area.
"It's definitely a pain," said driver Sara Jane.
Tuesday night she was fortunate and found a spot on the street, but she had concerns on her drive over to hear a friend play at a bar in the area.
"As I was turning into Demonbreun, I was like, oh my goodness, where am I going to park," Jane said.
But the late-night parking situation may not be as bad as it is during the day.
Managers tell NewsChannel 5 the change it parking has caused a slight inconvenience for customers, but has not had a huge impact on business.
They say college students normally take cabs to Demonbreun, and now they are even starting to arrive on buses.
The apartment high-rise at 1515 Demonbreun should be completed in a year and a half. The owner of the strip of stores where Flavour is located has plans to build a garage next to Tin Roof.