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Pierce Butler extension may force moves in St. Paul

A proposed road extension linking Midway to the East Side could run through two businesses, and both owners do not want to leave.

The project is an extension of Pierce Butler Route, from Grotto Street to Interstate 35E, according to the Star Tribune. New changes to the plan include buying out the properties where Daisy Huang's Super Foods and Gennadiy Yermolenko's proposed Capitol Car Co. sit.

"We're doing business for the neighborhood; they can't just move us wherever," Huang told the Star Tribune. "Our business is where we are today. We don't think this would work elsewhere."

Huang spent nearly $3 million in renovating her grocery store and bazaar in recent years. Yermolenko spent about $1.5 million redeveloping the old salvage yard nearby that he recently purchased.

Tait Danielson Castillo, the executive director of the District 7 Planning Council, said initial plans put the road north of Huang's business.

Project manager Eriks Ludins told the Star Tribune that the neighborhood knew about the change in plans in 2007. He also said putting the road north of the store would have included 1,500 feet of bridge and would have made the project more costly.