The Urban Cafe is being rebuilt (above and inset) after a fire (left) destroyed it in December 2010.
The Urban Cafe is being rebuilt (above and inset) after a fire (left) destroyed it in December 2010. Cathy Adams

New look on old Bangalow site

BANGALOW's iconic building that used to host the Urban cafe is expected to be re-built by the end of next month.

A spokesman from Greg Clarke Builders confirmed that "90% of the new building is done".

The new building will include an elevator to service the new office area on the first floor.

It "will be going in on January 21, and then there are some internal finishes to be completed".

The spokesman said the external footpath would also be completed before the end of January.

The new design of the building incorporates a first floor with 145 sq m of office space, plus 97 sq m of veranda.

On the ground floor, the building will include the cafe area plus a retail shop.

 

"What they didn't have before was a disabled toilet on the ground floor and the elevator to take people upstairs to the brand new office space," the spokesman said.

The building "was designed to complement the existing town but it is a modern building with all the modern facilities internally. We think it is going to be very compatible to the town."

The completion of the project had some difficulties given the location.

"There were quite a few elements to consider when trying to get it built on that corner location such as traffic, the public, access for deliveries and work materials.

"There was a lot of infrastructure that has to be worked in with the location."

In the early hours of December 8, 2010, the Urban Cafe and the neighbouring boutique business, Miller and More, were destroyed as 41 firefighters worked relentlessly for an hour to bring the blaze under control.

Four residential flats above the shops were safely evacuated by police who were quickly on the scene. Firefighters managed to prevent the fire engulfing the entire block of heritage shop fronts.



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