Sunday, December 6, 2015

Central park nearly ready

Lees Corner
THE new park on the former Banjo's Corner in New Norfolk appears set to be opened later this week.

Now known as Lees Corner, the park has been developed by the Derwent Valley Council on the site of the three shops destroyed by fire in 2012.

The new lawn is starting to thicken up, box-style seating and planter pots have been installed, and bollards have been erected along the boundary.
 
The park will be leased to the council until such time as the owners choose to put up a new building.





3 comments:

  1. Good work. It looks great.
    However, I'm concerned about the statement "The park will be leased to the council until such time as the owners choose to put up a new building".

    Given the council has cleaned up the site (something the owners seemed reluctant to do), it's now in a much more salable condition than it was before. What's to stop the owners now putting it on the market? Is the lease to the council for a set period of time? Is there any provision to get back the costs of cleaning up the site from the owners?

    This could turn into a short-term public facility.

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  2. < it's now in a much more salable condition

    Does planting lawn really make it much more saleable? That would only be the case if a buyer planned to use it as a park, which seems unlikely. The landscaping will almost certainly have to be removed before any new commercial development can take place.

    I think council is to be commended for turning an eyesore into an oasis.

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  3. For three years now the site has been a blot on the landscape - I think even if we have the park for as little as a year or two, it is still worth it... Also I made two phone calls and found out that Banjos actually DID contribute a large portion of the work - and the whole thing cost a lot less than you might think - around $10,000... :-)

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