COLLEGE STATION, Tx (KYLE) — It's been brewing ever since the pedestrian mall walkway in Northgate was completed this fall.
"The majority of those businesses don't have parking lots," said Lance Simms, Assistant Director of Planning and Development Services. "So they start relying on public infrastructure and by that I mean city streets to make their deliveries and you know, there in I think lies part of the rub."
Before College Main was shut down to through traffic, delivery trucks could unload right in front of some of the businesses.
Now the closest loading zone is about quarter mile of away on Patricia Street, making it difficult for bartenders like Mauricio Berrios at the Corner Bar to get his deliveries.
"Now they have to pretty much walk several blocks and make about four or five trips with dollies," said Berrios. "It usually takes two to three guys when it used to only take just one guy, one dolly and pull right up next to the bar and drop off the boxes."
After months of meetings between the Northgate District Association and the city, Simms says three additional loading zones have been approved
"We're hoping by providing these will make doing deliveries in the Northgate area a little easier."
Berrios says it's progress, "The step that they're taking is in the right direction. They just need to find a better solution to all of it."
A problem that may never have the perfect solution but Simms tells us the city is in the process of trying to acquire another loading zone off University Drive to help make deliveries even easier.