Business owners say fence is hurting business on Dixie Highway


by Renee Murphy

Posted on June 12, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 12 at 7:21 PM

(WHAS11) -- Sometimes in business, half the battle is making sure people know about your company.

“As the traffic is southbound, they can’t see that we are here. As a matter of fact I think you passed us up,” Rodney Daugherty said.

Daugherty owns Digital Solutions.  It’s a computer company on Dixie Highway.

He is fuming over this fence.

“You are gonna have to slam on your breaks and try to turn in or go on by and turn around and try to come back.  Well a lot of times people just don’t turn around and come back,” Daugherty said.

The city revitalized Rose Farm Park right next to his business and put up this privacy fence.

Daugherty says it blocks his business and a pet store and concrete company.

“People drive by they see our product they stop by. They are not seeing our product and they are not stopping by,” Scott Thornhill, another business owner, said. “I have had people tell me they wouldn't come here because they can’t see out of the parking lot.”

“They are calling it a beautification of Dixie Highway.  I want to know what’s ugly and I want Rick Blackwell to tell me what’s ugly,” Daugherty said.

Metro Councilman Rick Blackwell is working closely with the project. We went to get his side of the story.

“Actually the whole project the attempt is to try and have a green area to try and set apart from what was previously there. It’s really trying to draw attention to the new green area,” Metro Councilman Rick Blackwell said.

The businesses say their revenue is down 60 percent since the fence went up in January.

“I hate to hear that for them. I’m not sure if that’s the only factor involved,” Blackwell said.

The owner of Digital Solutions says that location is his only division where revenue is down.

Councilman Blackwell says this is part of a larger plan to draw in more business to Dixie Highway by creating more green space.

Blackwell plans on holding a press conference on Friday to highlight the new park.