Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Corner work starts at last

Works on Lees Corner yesterday.
THREE years after the Banjo's building was destroyed by fire, work has finally started to convert the site in central New Norfolk into a small park to be known as Lees Corner.

Three shops accommodated in the old Lee's Building  - also known as Fitzgerald's and Harris Scarfe - were destroyed in an electrical fire in the early hours of March 19, 2012. The building was quickly demolished but the site has remained off-limits behind a security fence. Despite receiving planning permission to rebuild on the site, the owners opted to relocate the bakery further down High St.

The Derwent Valley Council advises that the work to pull up the concrete slab and convert it to lawn will take about three weeks. The site will be leased to the council until such time as the owners choose to develop the site.

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  1. Wasn't the fence up because of asbestos fears?

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  2. i hope they have place for wee wee

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    1. Given that there are toilets in the immediate vicinity at the council chambers (and in Stephen Street) I think is most unlikely and not warranted HOWEVER it would've been much better when the planning process was undertaken to have included such at the new Woolworths complex. Total lack of foresight!!

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  3. Well done with work commencing, but I can't help feeling that councils should have the power to force businesses to make such sites aesthetically pleasing, rather than leave them as eyesores, since such an ugly site has impacts beyond it's borders. The other example that comes to mind is the Myer site in Hobart, which was left to rot while the owners tried to squeeze money out of the council.

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    1. I agree with this comment. I totally object to my ratepayer dollars being spent on beautifying this site - the owners are responsible and council better make sure that monies are recouped via their rates.

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