Businesses near implosion, arena construction site see inconvenience, opportunity - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Businesses near implosion, arena construction site see inconvenience, opportunity

Now that the old Humana building at Second and Main has been imploded, the real work begins.  Crews are working to clean up the debris and rubble and will soon start building the downtown arena.

That should make up for any inconveniences local businesses suffered.  Bearno's Pizza at second and Main did not have a busy weekend.  General Manager Scott Hack says, "Yeah, we slowed down a little bit on Saturday....I guess it could have been because of the construction."

Saturday morning, the old Humana building was imploded to make way for the new arena.  Hack says the implosion didn't cause any unexpected problems for the restaurant:  "The city of Louisville did a really good job getting everything cleaned up."

Larry Bisig with the Arena Authority says so far there have been no complaints of damage and he doesn't expect any.  "Normally, if there's any damage or if there's any collateral issues, those surface pretty quickly.  And here we're 48 hours past the implosion and none of those have surfaced so far."

Meanwhile, Bisig says the pile of debris and rubble left behind also has some value.  "We're going to make best use of it as we possibly can in terms of anything that's salvageable.  And we're also going to use it to fill some of the pits that are left over that are not visible to the naked eye, but are inside the LG&E substation."

Meanwhile, Scott Hack at Bearno's says, "We'll have to add a few staff members per shift...especially game nights.  The hours of operation may change."

He and his staff at Bearno's not only expect business to increase once the arena is up and running, but also while it's being built.  "We should get some additional business off of construction workers."

Phase two of the project started Tuesday with the demolition of the LG&E substation.  But it's being brought down the traditional way -- with a wrecking ball.

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