Arena Area Business Boom On The Way?

By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email
By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email

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Even though the arena won't open until 2010 business in the area around it is already starting to develop.

When looking for the perfect place to open a new bar, Casey Durnil and her husband decided the best spot to start pouring drinks is just two blocks south of the arena.

"Figured it was a prime location," said Durnil.

They even named their bar the Arena anticipating it will eventually draw in big crowds from the event center. And even though it isn't even open the arena is already bringing them business.

"The iron workers themselves come in everyday after work and have a beer. They said every arena they've built has done greatly so we're hoping for the same thing," said Durnil.

And this is just what the city was hoping for when it came up with the idea to build the arena downtown. It's already been working on a specific plan on how to draw businesses in to the center of the city and just where they should go.

In fact it's trying to fuel development by creating a TIF district. A way to offer incentives to bring in businesses.

And this new bar shows those plans could already be starting to rev up. While the arena area redevelopment is just getting started, Durnil sees a bright future for this area. She expect her business will keep getting better.

"That was the main plan and the main goal. So far everything's working out in our favor so we just keep our fingers crossed everything continues that was," said Durnil.


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