Upper Union Street renewal continues

Mary Lu Aragosa, owner of Ferri Formals and Bridals, doesn't want to sell a piece of her property on 1608 Union St. to the city. For her, the main issue is that it could affect her business negatively.

"I believe in improving the looks of Union Street, I am a proponent of that. I was one of the second business to invest $40,000 in modernizing the faCade and invested in a large window display so we could show off the latest styles," said Aragosa. "My concerns for the parking is people spend in some cases thousands of dollars for their weeding gowns and brides made dresses we carefully bag them and carry them out to the car for a personalized service, so we need direct access from the front door."

She said dresses would be more likely to get exposed to the elements and if an accident did happen there wouldn't be time to correct the mistake. Also, people come to her store from bordering states as well, so she is worried about the experience some of her customers would have after long trips.

"We have been in business 20 years and we have been at this location since 1997 and I feel it is the property owners that pay taxes that should be making the decisions," said Aragosa. "Our bottom line is affected by this decision and I am concerned that it could have a negative impact in our business and could affect people's jobs.""

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