Downtown businesses need help to stay afloat after coronavirus and protests, according to a recent survey
More than half of Downtown businesses are worried about staying afloat, according to a new survey that illustrates the depths that the coronavirus and protests have had on the heart of Columbus.
According to the survey, 58% of Downtown business respondents that are first-floor tenants said they were worried about staying in business.
Those first-floor businesses, including restaurants, said they sustained $941,000 in damages from protests over the death of George Floyd in May, followed by $2.1 million in lost business.
In addition, Downtown hotels reported $80,000 in damages and $595,500 in lost business, while property managers reported $1.8 million in damages.
An earlier survey in June found that 250 Downtown businesses suffered some sort of damage during the May 28-30 protests, said Marc Conte, executive director of the Capital Crossroads and Discovery special