Some business owners concerned about proposed changes around Cameron Village

May 13, 2013 1:48:09 PM PDT
Some Raleigh city leaders are planning to change the look and feel around Cameron Village, and that idea is not sitting well with some business owners.

Katrina Ryan is the sweet culinary genius behind Cameron Village's "Sugarland." She and her team create and sell over 3,000 cupcakes, and deliver more than a dozen wedding cakes every week out of the Cameron Village location.

"There are times when we have to drive very slowly because of the pedestrians, but we do that anyway because there's a wedding cake in the car," said Ryan.

She's worried about the city's proposal to take Oberlin Road from four lanes to two, and add to add roundabouts around Cameron Village.

"Delivering wedding cakes through a roundabout is a terrifying prospect that nobody in the entire world will want to deal with," said Ryan.

Another city idea would widen bike lanes and sidewalks along Oberlin.

Ryan says she and other business owners aren't fighting change.

"We're talking about people's livelihood here," said Ryan.

She says how people get in and out of Cameron Village affects the bottom line.

"I do better when my neighbors are doing better," said Ryan. "Keeping the neighborhood alive and vibrant is really important to me."

If you've been to Cameron Village on a busy weekend, you do understand the congestion in the area, but Ryan and others say Cameron Village may just need more parking, not fewer lanes.

At this point, the proposal is still in its beginning stages, and wouldn't happen for the next two to three years. The city will continue working with Cameron Village to get their input on the plan.

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