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Pelham Business Owners Discuss Nearby Construction

PELHAM, N.Y. – The scaffolding that sits at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Lincoln Avenue does not sit well with at least one owner of a business under the framework.

Grace Campo, a partner at Luigi’s Pizza, said the scaffolding blocks the light into the windows and has negatively affected her business. She had some strong words about the construction.

“It’s an eyesore,” Campo said. “It looks like a ghetto neighborhood the longer they leave it up.”

Campo said that many people do not want to walk under the scaffolding. Village Administrator Robert Yamuder said that it blocks the debris falling from above caused by construction on the building. He added that people have no reason to worry about the scaffolding.

“It’s safe,” Yamuder said. “There’s scaffolding all over New York City and all over the state.”

The construction began last week, but Campo said she did not receive any notice about the project before it started.

The construction does not bother everyone on that corner. Gary Codella, who works at Joey’s Coffee Shop, said that his business has not been affected by the construction because customers go in and out of his store quickly, while other stores on the block require more time.

Codella said that he does not yet have any reason to oppose the construction. “As long as they don’t block the flow of traffic…I don’t mind,” Codella said.

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