City eyesore might take longer to fix

By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY

REDEVELOPMENT of the Church's Buildings on the corner of East Street may take a little longer than expected, says the owner.

Michael Church, part-owner and developer of the currently dilapidat- ed buildings, said there had been changes to the original construction plan.

Orginally, Mr Church had wanted to tear down half the complex and renovate the other half.

But after speaking with his archi- tects he said it was more feasible to tear down the whole complex. "We have had a slight change of plans,'' he said.

"The architects told me restoring half the building would be crazy.'' Due to these changes the building layout would be different, he said, but everything else would remain the same.

"There will be a cafe-restaurant on the corner,'' he said. "We will also be putting up some more greenery in the area.''

He also said the changed construc- tion plans may take some time to go through city council and this could slow things down.

"As soon as we can get this going we will,'' he said.

Despite these remarks, a Rock- hampton City councillor still wants the construction to move forward as soon as possible.

Councillor Stephen Schwarten said he had requested immediate ac- tion be taken on the building.



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