Sinkhole opens up big problems for nearby businesses

Kansas City, MO - One local Kansas City business owner has hit a few snags in the opening of her new shop in the West Bottoms.

Jaylene Moss opened her antiques shop, Luck Dog back in February. One month later, workers tore up the road in front of the store.

"It has affected us a lot we were about 25 percent of what we were doing originally," she said.

That finally ended in September.

"I told them that I didn't think I'd ever see them, but unfortunately they are back again," she said.

There's a new hole in her plans that's about 3 1/2 feet deep. A sink hole opened up right where the city contracted a construction crew to install a new sewage line.

"With all the work that we do, there's a warranty for that work and so if there was something here with the construction company that needs to be repaired that will be taken care of," Jennifer Kincaid said, a spokesperson with the Kansas City Water Department.

City workers sent down a camera to see what caused the ground to cave in. They also want to find out who's to blame, the city or the contractor, KISSICK Construction.

"Regardless well have it taken care of one way or another whoever's problem it is," Rick Canselor, a supervisor for KISSICK Construction said.

The road will once again be blocked off for a few more days until they do fix it. For some, that just means one less parking spot, but for Moss, it could be a big hole in the pocket.

"It's frustrating but I'm going to get over it," she said.

The street, along Monroe Ave near W. 12th St., is part of a multi-billion dollar sewage replacement project around Kansas City.  

Canselor told 41 Action News the sink hole was caused by a water main break from a nearby building and said his company will fix the problem even if they weren't at fault.

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