Sava Worden can’t wait for David Street Station to open.
The Metro Coffee barista expects the new downtown plaza will not only be fun for the community but will bring more customers into the shop, which is located across the street.
“I’m definitely confident it’s going to be really good for our business,” she said.
She’s less certain that the project will be completed in time for its scheduled opening later this month. There’s still a lot of work to be done, she noted.
“They might pull through,” she said. “They are working really hard on it.”
Those involved with the project, however, said everything is progressing right on schedule.
“All our contractors are professionals, and they’ve done a really great job sticking to the time line,” said Amy Crawford, the operations manager.
Crawford said the plaza will “absolutely” open in time for the August eclipse festival, and will offer festivities like band performances, children’s activities and food vendors.
Kevin Hawley, the CEO of the Downtown Development Authority, said he’s also confident the project will be completed on time, as landscaping is most of what remains to be finished.
Hawley added that the official opening ceremony is slated for Aug. 16.
“I’m really excited,” he said. “The 16th can’t come soon enough.”
The opening event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony and the dedication of the Brian Scott Gamroth Community Stage, according to Hawley.
Gamroth, a local radio personality and board member of the development authority, died in a September motorcycle crash.
Following Gamroth’s death, John Jorgensen, George Bryce and Cathy Carson began a fundraising push that raised $1 million by November, including the pledge to match up to $250,000 in community contributions to the stage.
The opening ceremony on Aug. 16 will mark the completion of the project’s first phase.
Hawley previously told the Star-Tribune that construction on the second phase — the plaza’s east side — is expected to start later this year before a winter hiatus. That stage will include a splash pad, space for vendors, restrooms, a performance area and an observation deck.
While the development authority has enough money to begin that construction, Hawley said the group does not want to sign a contract for the second phase until it is confident that it will be able to complete the project.