Grenville Street retailers angry over repair delays following fire

GRENVILLE Street North remains closed 101 days after the Plaster Fun House burnt down, leaving affected business owners demanding answers.

Rod McDonald

Rod McDonald

Several attempts to clean and demolish the building have been unsuccessful. 

The project, which was estimated to be finished by the end of March, has been delayed by more than two months.

The delays are attributed to asbestos removal.

Ballarat Carpet Court owner Rod McDonald said his business had suffered considerable retail losses.

“Sales have been down 40 per cent for three months,” he said.

“They were given 28 days to clean it up by the council and there’s four businesses along here who have been affected.

“This is the slowest retail has been in the 12 years I’ve been in the business.”

He has written a sign and zip-tied it to the temporary fencing stating : “100 days!!! Where are contractors??? Who is responsible?”.

“The sign is so people can get their heads together and get the job done.”

The businesses have been told the facade of the building will be demolished, after an engineering inspection deemed the building unsafe. 

A Worksafe Victoria spokesman confirmed that the site remained closed while safety issues were being addressed and that Worksafe had attended the site on several occasions.

A project manager was appointed on Monday and will compile a project plan to submit to Worksafe. 

The project manager, who did not want to be named, estimated Grenville Street North would reopen within four weeks after the building had been totally demolished.

david.jeans@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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