SEASIDE - "I'm going to lose parking," said Terry Johnson, owner of Seaside Health Foods, of the project to widen U.S. Highway 101. "Without my parking, I don't know that I'm going to be able to keep my business here."
The City of Seaside and Oregon Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting at Seaside High School at 5 p.m. Thursday to discuss widening the highway.
Johnson said the project will hurt his business and devastate others at the south end of Seaside, but the city is not listening to their concerns or keeping them informed.
"I'm in the dark completely as to what my future's going to be," he said. "I'd be interested to know how many people want this."
Mayor Don Larson, City Councilor Tim Tolan and ODOT officials said the project has made every effort to contact and work with business owners. They also said businesses would definitely lose parking, but the city would make exceptions to the rules on number of parking spaces for affected businesses. Johnson said that would not compensate him for his lost customers.
Johnson's threatened parking spaces are on land owned by ODOT.