Small business owners allege negative impacts of Garver Feed Mill area construction 

According to NBC15, some small business owners have voiced frustrations with the city’s use of land near Garver Feed Mill as a concrete recycling site. Concrete and rock taken from the old road on Atwood Avenue is being ground for reuse in the Atwood Avenue Construction Project. 

Fourteen small businesses are housed on the historic property. Garver Events Public Programming Coordinator Bethany Jurewicz has cited event cancellations, declined bookings, noise levels, and projections of over $10,000 in lost revenue as some of the negative impacts of the site’s current usage. 

Eric Knepp, the superintendent of Madison Parks, said previously that the site — with its proximity to Atwood Avenue — would save taxpayer dollars in construction costs. 

He plans to adjust the location where trucks pick up and drop off materials, may add screening around the fence to reduce the spread of dust, and has promised the lot will not be used this way after the end of Atwood Avenue construction in November.