Businesses have mixed feelings about new Hanover Square construction

Construction is starting up in Hanover Square, just months after major work this past winter.

Construction will begin on Wednesday, and is expected to end during the day on Friday as workers powerwash and seal paving stones on E. Genesee Street.

E. Genesee Street will be closed between Salina and Warren Streets during the construction. There will be no street parking, but the City says there will be ample space to access the businesses.

World Martini Lounge on E. Genesee Street said the construction came unexpectedly and interferes with its busiest days of the week. The lounge does 80% of its business on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

"This was matter of simple scheduling and notification," said World Martini Lounge owner Roobik Vartanians. "If they would notify us, we would put input. I mean, we want to work with city. We would put our input and say, 'Hey, let's do this Sunday or Monday or Tuesday,' " said Vartanians.

Philip Alibrandi, owner of Nikos Deli in Hanover Square, said he has been well informed about the construction and is not concerned about it hurting business.

"I think if everybody here just cooperated and went to the different meetings, they would know the timelines and what was taking place," said Alibrandi. "They'd have a better understanding from start to finish."

Alibrandi added that he is not concerned about Taste of Syracuse, which begins Friday at 11 a.m. City officials say there will be no signficant overlap with the construction.

"We're not gonna see much from Taste of Syracuse because everybody's gonna eat from the vendors over there," said Alibrandi.