Some buildings, parking spaces will have to go to make way for Waynesville roundabout

Waynesville leaders said many businesses will see improved access, higher property values and a better entrance into the recreation park with a planned roundabout. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

One business owner said a planned roundabout in Waynesville could put him out of business.

Scott Oates, who runs Del Rays Consignment Shop at the intersection of North Main and Walnut streets, said the roundabout would take 18 of his parking spots impacting customers and truck deliveries.

“I have no capability of loading or unloading out the front anymore,” he said.

Town leaders said many businesses will see improved access, higher property values and a better entrance into the recreation park.

“What we hope comes out of this project is traffic safety, improvement for most businesses and also a nicer streetscape that helps that area develop in a positive way,” Development Services director Elizabeth Teague said.

The plan calls for tearing down some empty buildings, as well.

“The restaurant building itself would have, it was cost prohibitive to try to bring it up to code,” said Dave Felmet, who is the landlord of the empty Duvall’s Restaurant.

He’s OK with seeing it go.

“It’s sad to see that end of Main Street change, but you have to change in order to grow,” he said.

Oates said he hopes for the best but thinks those impacted should be compensated.

“I put it in the Lord's hands. So, we'll just wait and see,” he said.

Teague said the DOT estimates property acquisition to begin in the next year to year and a half with construction taking place in 2021 to 2022.

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