College Main Closes Permanently To Traffic For Northgate Pedestrian Mall

The look of Northgate is changing forever after a block of College Main closed to traffic permanently Tuesday morning to make way for a pedestrian mall between University Drive and Patricia Street.

But not all businesses are complaining about the construction chaos.

It's a loud, even deafening place in College Station as the final push continues to finish the Northgate pedestrian improvements.

Just above the booming sounds of progress is Aggieland Barber Shop, where owner Jesse Medina has been giving Aggies haircuts for 58 years.

"Anything that they do around here is for the betterment of the school and the student so it’s ok with me, said Jesse Medina.

Charles Thomas is a customer of 50 years and says he'll always be.

"I was lucky to find a parking place... I'm sure it's an inconvenience to some of the merchants but you know a lot of them have their regular customers," said Thomas.

While some store owners think the closure of College Main will kill daytime business in Northgate other business owners like Jesse Medina think the changes will actually help.

"I never have gotten very much car traffic it's always been walk-in and biking and people that work there," said Medina.

Just below at Potbelly Sandwich Works Shift Manager Jonathan Byars tells us not many are eating on the patio due to the noise.

"There's nowhere for our customers to park so they're parking in our employee parking and you know that could end up in them being towed or ends up in us losing a custome," said Byars.

"It's kind of inconvenient right now for people but in the long run you know it's going to be very nice," stated Medina.

That inconvenience is expected to end by September 1st when the finished look comes to Northgate.

Repairs were also under way Tuesday afternoon after contractors dug into a Suddenlink Cable line disrupting service for hours to a number of businesses including at Aggieland Barbershop.

The City has also added 16 free two hour parking spots across the district to offset all of the removed parallel parking spots along University Drive.

The entire University Drive project is expected to cost $3.7 million.

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