From pandemic to protest, CBS Local Minneapolis reported that the “sounds of life returning to city streets in Minneapolis” are returning. Crews are busy removing thousands of sheets of protective plywood, which covered plate-glass storefronts across the Twin Cities.
Luke Pearson, a Minneapolis construction worker, told CBS that crews are now taking down what they, two weeks ago, began putting up.
“We did four to give buildings down here, and a bunch along Lake Street,” adds Pearson. “It was non-stop for a week.”
Several blocks were covered with plywood sheeting, yet even with just a few small screw holes piercing each panel, the sheeting can’t be returned to stores. Instead, much for the plywood will be put in storage or sold as salvage construction material.
One small business owner, Guillermo Quito, told CBS he will finally get to open his new South American restaurant. It’s coming a full eight months after purchasing and remodeling the building at Lyndale and Lake.
“We delayed when Covid-19 happened, because a lot of people were not able to work,” he told CBS. “After that we kept pushing. Then George Floyd happened, and we survived that also.”
Source: CBS Minneapolis