Carpark delay brings drama for traders
DELAYS to the start of construction for the Brisbane Rd carpark redevelopment have prompted calls for better communication from the council to business owners.
Traders in the area understood until yesterday work would be starting in early February with new carparks available for the start of December.
But that start date has now been pushed back until about mid-April with no guarantees about end-of-year availability at the development site.
CK Coffee Bar and Whole Foods owners Martin and Petra Kravolic said uncertainty about how and when their business would be affected was creating unnecessary anxiety.
"For us it is getting to the drama point," Mrs Kravolic said.
She said she was uncertain about the flow of construction traffic, whether it would come past her Brisbane Rd shop or instead down Smith St.
"That (trucks) is going to kill us 100 per cent."
Logan's Barber Lounge owner Logan Warren said he planned to open a second shop in another location when construction began.
Mr Warren said he would not close his First Ave shop but predicted it would suffer a massive drop in custom.
"If the carpark is not there, clients won't come," Mr Warren said.
He said he didn't believe initial time frames indicated last year but wanted nearby parking to be available in December.
"It will be hugely important."
Taps Mooloolaba owner Steve Barber hoped the delayed start would give the council, developer and builder a chance to improve planning about how the construction phase would be managed.
Cr John Connolly said he expected to have a clearer idea about time frames by the end of February.
A council spokesman said alternative parking options that would be provided in Mooloolaba would exceed the number of bays currently provided at the Brisbane Rd carpark site.