Historic building gets facelift

IT was almost completely destroyed in a bombing.

But luck saved Rockhampton's Headrick's Building in East Street, which is getting a well-deserved facelift and a new lease on life.

The bombing occurred in the early hours of June 28, 1990, when the building was an entertainment centre and housed the Factory Night Club.

Police investigations at the time revealed that while one bomb went off, a timing device attached to a second bomb had failed to detonate.

If it had worked, the building would have been consigned to history.

Now the building, which was built in 1894 to house offices and stores of the John M Headrick & Co mercantile company, is in the process of being fully refurbished and is up for lease with retail stores, a coffee shop and office space as options for the building.

Pat O'Driscoll Real Estate commercial sales consultant Neale Crow said a Melbourne businessman bought the building in March and had wasted no time in restoring the heritage-listed building.

“It has really been brought back to life,” he said yesterday.

“This building could be used for a number of tenancies and has a number of different uses.”

This is one of a few buildings in East Street that are undergoing a transformation.

The old Post office in East Street is also destined for a new life as offices and shops after it was purchased earlier this month by a Brisbane-based developer.

Meanwhile, the empty Churchs' Building site in East Street is up for sale as Melbourne-based businessman Dean Giannarelli has decided to liquidate the development plan, seven months after demolishing and clearing the site.

Principal Pat O'Driscoll said Mr Giannarelli had a few business opportunities in Melbourne that he wanted to get into, and had decided to liquate and put his focus down south.

“It's a bit of a shame for us here,” he said.

“At least we have a clean site.

“The opportunity is there for a developer to move in as there are building approvals already in place.”

Mr O'Driscoll said the land was for sale for $1.95 million plus GST. The old Commonwealth Bank site in East Street is also up for sale for $2,450,000.

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