A grant program created to assist small businesses impacted by Southland light-rail construction topped the $1 million mark Thursday as officials handed a $15,000 check to the owner of a Crenshaw Boulevard salon.
Qualifying businesses must have been in continuous operation for at least two years with 25 or fewer employees. They also must demonstrate a loss of revenue directly attributable to Metro construction.
Metro’s Business Interruption Fund has doled out more than 60 grants of varying amounts to “mom-and-pop” businesses, most of them located along the path of the 8.5-mile, $2.06 billion Crenshaw/LAX light rail line that will connect the Expo and Green lines.
“Local businesses are the lifeline of a community,” county Supervisor and Metro board Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas said. “Since construction began on the Crenshaw/LAX line, our small businesses have been asked to ensure dust, noise and significant disruption to their daily operations. This million-dollar milestone represents a significant and well-deserved investment in the Crenshaw Corridor.
Ridley-Thomas was among those on hand to present a roughly $15,000 check to The New Millennium Beauty & Barber Shop Salon, 4306 Crenshaw Blvd. Salon owner Desentrie Allen called the grant “a true blessing.”
— City News Service