Demolition commences on Rocky CBD buildings for new walkway
WHILE two East St buildings' rustic visages will remain, the rest will go during demolition works underway in the Rockhampton CBD to create a walkway to Quay St.
Kicking off this week, the partial demolition of 115 (formerly Brad's Bargain Box) and 119 (formerly Brunch's Cafe) East St buildings is to make way for a partially-roofed laneway through to Quay Lane, the riverfront and a future Cultural Precinct, featuring an art gallery.
The original classical facades (circa 1887 and 1920) are being retained and will feature prominently on East St to enhance the streetscape appeal of our city's Central Business District.
The work is expected to be completed by the end of this month.
Rockhampton Region mayor Margaret Strelow said demolition works were planned for early January so as not to interrupt Christmas trading hours.
"The demolition will see the facades of the East St buildings remain in place with the hollowed out 'shells' to form a link from East St to the Riverside precinct," she said.
"Removal of the two buildings altogether would leave a 'gap' in the row of historical facades as well as raising the possibility that council may have needed to stabilise adjoining buildings.
"We are aiming to form a sheltered walk which might also provide an opportunity for pop-up retail or a shady lunch spot. The architects have done some early renders of how it might look but they really need to see the results of the demolition before they can be certain how best to proceed."
She said the council would start construction of the gallery after it secured $10m in federal funding.