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Letter: Constant road construction devastating to small business

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Editor,

I have valiantly fought the construction around J. Razzo’s restaurant for six years. When I first came to Meridian corridor the center was alive and booming. Then (came) the closing of Meridian Street to make U.S. 31 for two years. The bridge on 126th Street was closed for another year, then came all the closings for the roundabouts. The roads have been closed in all directions. Even now there is a roundabout being built.

The worst, though, is that there is no longer an exit ramp on 126th Street in either direction. Customers must exit either before or after 126th Street.

I cannot tell you how many people get lost or frustrated trying to find J. Razzo’s. I have fought the City of Carmel and INDOT for years and to no avail. My business is down 40 percent from the first two years. After six years of lower sales and permanently losing an exit from the highway, I will have to call it quits.

I’m saddened that my employees will lose their jobs. Some have worked for me for over 20 years. I respect and love every one of them. My clientele, whom I have known for many years since my early days at Salvatores, will be missed. Through the years we have become friends. I would like to thank them all.

Razzo’s will miss you all.

John Perazzo, owner of Jrazzos


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