Businesses in downtown Ishpeming remain accessible

We’d like to take this opportunity to remind people to shop businesses in and around the city of Ishpeming’s downtown, despite significant construction in the area.

A story Wednesday’s Mining Journal, written by Staff Writer Adelle Whitefoot, detailed that customer traffic in some businesses has fallen off due to the various projects, which include Partridge Creek reconstruction, Negaunee sewer-water connection and streetscape work.

As the story noted, director of the Department of Public Works Jon Kangas said he understands it’s a concern for business owners when infrastructure projects impact the accessibility of their businesses but, unfortunately, it is necessary.

Kangas said he believes the city has done what it can to get people downtown. He said the biggest issue right now is the primary intersection – Lakeshore and Hematite – which is still closed. Until that opens, it’s going to be an inconvenience.

Ishpeming’s downtown businesses have been great community partners and neighbors for many years.

We believe giving them our support, especially during this challenging time, is the right thing to do.

So, follow the signage, keep an eye out for unexpected pedestrians and see you in downtown Ishpeming.