Biz owners react to Vincennes street project

File photo of the 2nd Street Project
File photo of the 2nd Street Project

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) – Business owners in Vincennes explained Monday what a much overdue city road resurfacing project would do for downtown’s economy. This, after the city announced Friday that it would join forces with Indiana’s Department of Transportation to move forward the project.

It didn’t take long for Friday’s news to travel. An announcement at the Mayor’s office. That made its way to 2nd street.

“It will be a little disruptive, I’m sure, and some people will complain but in the long run it’s going to be great,” said Robert Kemp, owner Kemp’s Music, downtown Vincennes.

The long time music shop owner noted his business had been in the downtown area a number of years, and would benefit from the upcoming project.

“They’re even going to raise my sidewalk level with my doors, which will make for me, even better, I won’t have to bang stuff up the curb all the time,” said Kemp.

A long-time city proposal planned to revitalize Second Street between Hart and Main Streets.

“So it’s just exciting to get the project to where it’s going to start and get completed,” said Joe Yocum, Vincennes Mayor.

Mayor Yocum told reporters Friday the originally anticipated start date for the project was in 2016, however, with the intervention of the Indiana Department of Transportation, the project would likely start later in 2014. Despite the improved start date, the Mayor also told reporters that this project had been lingering.

“This has been on the books here in Vincennes for a number of years, it goes back a few mayors,” said Yocum.

“Anytime you can get that kind of money to improve a whole area like that, somewhat over night, ya know it will be a brand new thing, it’s gotta be good for everybody,” said Kemp. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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