$1.5m for new-look Keen Street
By ZOE SATHERLEY
HURRY up and get it over with ? even if it means closing down all of Keen Street for at least 10 days straight.
That is the attitude of most Keen Street businesses to the Lismore City Council's $1.5 million planned upgrade of their street.
Having watched the long drawn-out process of the Molesworth Street upgrade, which cost traders plenty in lost revenue, they don't want to be faced with the same delays.
At Tuesday night's extraordinary meeting, councillors voted to approve the works, which will be mostly undertaken over a minimum 10day period next January.
The street will be closed to all non-construction traffic during that time.
It is still undecided whether the street should close for the first or the last two weeks of January. Work to replace water mains will continue over weekends.
Councillors approved a street layout almost identical to that of Molesworth Street, which will lead to the loss of 30 car parking spaces, but more trees.
They have called for expressions of interest from businesses wishing to create on-street eating areas.
Concern was expressed by Cr Ros Irwin about the impact of vibrations from heavy machinery on the unstable heritage-listed Lismore conservatorium building.