City boss re­sponds to BCC clo­sure

The Queensland Times - - NEWS -

GREG Chemello has reaf­firmed Ip­swich City Coun­cil’s fo­cus on im­prov­ing the CBD, one day after los­ing a ma­jor tenant.

The coun­cil thanked Birch Car­roll and Coyle for its com­mit­ment and sup­port to the city ahead of the com­pany’s clo­sure mid-next year.

In­terim ad­min­is­tra­tor Greg Chemello said cin­ema own­ers Event Hos­pi­tal­ity and En­ter­tain­ment con­tacted the coun­cil to ter­mi­nate the monthly ten­ancy of the lease from Ip­swich City Prop­er­ties.

“The mall and re­tail spa­ces are be­ing de­vel­oped over the next 18 months and we can un­der­stand Birch Car­roll and Coyle’s views about this be­ing a dis­rup­tion to busi­ness,” Mr Chemello said.

“It is sad to see a busi­ness which has been around Ip­swich for so long de­cid­ing it is no longer vi­able.

“There are some great busi­nesses in the mall precinct and we en­cour­age ev­ery­body to make the ef­fort to pa­tro­n­ise their ser­vices at this time.”

Mr Chemello said de­mo­li­tion work was oc­cur­ring, but foot­paths and busi­ness ac­cess re­mained open.

“We will work hard to se­cure a range of new ten­ants for Ip­swich Cen­tral across the en­ter­tain­ment, din­ing and re­tail spec­trum as part of the re­newal of this precinct,” he said.

Con­struc­tion has started on Ni­cholas St and Union Place.

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