New plans are in the works for Horizon Drive. But it's caused a debate between business owners and the board of directors.
More roundabouts and a very long median could be part of the future there, but business owners worry the plan will affect their bottom line.
The board behind all this is the Horizon Drive Improvement District. Business owners pay them to bring more people to the area, but many say this latest plan will do the exact opposite.
"If access is taken away it's definitely not pro business," owner of Super 8 Robert Feeley said.
Business owners on Horizon drive are upset with the latest plan to attract more people to their area. They say if anything it will push people away.
"We're all very concerned that we'll lose the current access that we have right now and in a relatively faltering economy, that could be severely compounded in the future," Feeley said.
The Horizon Drive Improvement District, funded by fees paid by these business owners, came up with a plan earlier this year. The problem is some business owners say they were not even involved in the conversation. And now, if the plan goes forward, they are afraid they will be paying a pretty hefty price.
"We're proposing a different plan and hopefully they'll weigh in on that and get the access that we need," Feeley said. "But as of now we could not pull a truck into our property and we have them pull into our property every day."
The plan calls for a median all along Horizon Drive. All businesses south of the interstate would have restricted access to them.
"We feel like left hand turns become less and less safe, " board member Brenda Brock said.
Brock says the design was created as a way to improve safety and improve the overall look of the street.
"We've been working on this plan for a couple years now and have actually been wanting more public input and so this is great," Brock said.
But on Wednesday, they might have gotten more than they expected. Nearby business owners banded together, crying foul over this plan.
"I think there is a confusion with the board that everybody is booking online and that is not the case with discount properties like the hotels here on Horizon Drive," Feeley said.
Both the board of directors and business owners say there are good parts of this plan and they look forward to working together to make it something everyone can enjoy. But after Wednesday's meeting they are back at the drawing board.