Evans street and businesses reopen after hotel construction damage

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Scaffolding could be seen hanging off the new Hilton Garden Inn in Greenville after high winds Tuesday night.

“It was certainly kind of scary. I think we’re just so thankful the street is getting cleaned up, and certainly, no one was hurt. That’s the big thing,” said Greenville resident Don Edwards.

The damage forced Evans Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets to close to pedestrians and vehicles, along with businesses that had to shut their doors.

“We didn’t like having to close our doors that for sure, I don’t knows if it hurt us too bad, but we always like to be open and available to the public anytime,” said J.C. Gilbreath, the Uptown Brewing Company bar Manager.

Gilbreath says they closed Tuesday and Wednesday due to safety issues. They weren’t sure when they could reopen and considered canceling an event they had coming up on Saturday. “We were looking at, you know, the whole situation, and it was up in the air for a moment. We didn’t know we were gonna have to reschedule or what was gonna happen there, but luckily, they got everything handled pretty quickly and efficiently,” said Gilbreath.

Even with a bump in the road, Edwards feels the hotel will be great for the area. “It looks like everybody’s back opened, so I think this is just a little setback, and we’re moving forward and have a great new hotel,”

WITN was told that contractors secured the scaffolding and then did a full review of the structure on Wednesday morning.

The scaffolding was suspended at least ten stories high, but today, work seems to be back to normal on construction.