Eat Streat revamp on schedule

By Matthew Martin

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The end result should be ready by Christmas. Photo / Supplied
The end result should be ready by Christmas. Photo / Supplied

Despite a few unexpected issues, work on the $2 million Eat Streat upgrade is progressing well and should be ready by Christmas, as planned.

More than four years after being turned into a temporary facility, work to redevelop Eat Streat into an all-weather dining precinct began in August.

The Rotorua District Council project will include a covered central walkway with retractable roofing over dining areas.

Underfoot, a distinctive geothermal heating underlay, with enhanced lighting, will keep the area warm during winter.

Council Inner City Enterprises manager Nick Dallimore said construction remained "generally on schedule".

"The main framing pieces for the central roofing structure are expected to arrive in Rotorua this week.

"The area for under-floor heating is boxed ready for pouring the patterned concrete surface and the outer posts of the frame that will support the retractable roofing are in place, as are supporting posts for the southern end windbreak."

Mr Dallimore said construction should be finished by Christmas, as planned.

"There have been a few unexpected issues arising along the way, but none that were particularly significant."

He said an extra stormwater line was uncovered along with some third party utility services, which had to be relocated.

Delivery of the main structure framework was also delayed.

But, Mr Dallimore said contractors would temporarily move safety fences toward the centre of the street for Labour Weekend so the space could be used for outside dining.

"It's important to point out that the businesses along Eat Streat are continuing to operate throughout the entire project and offering all their regular services.

"Restaurant and retail operators along Eat Streat have been very co-operative and are looking forward to completion of the project," he said.

Ambrosia Restaurant and Bar owner Kris Beehre said while his business was suffering from a loss of patronage he'd be pleased when it was all finished.

"We are about 40 per cent down, but that's because there's nowhere outside for customers to sit.

"But we expected to have a drop off, it's all part of the process we signed up to at the start.

"You just try and turn the negatives into positives ... it's going to be great when it's done," he said.

- ROTORUA DAILY POST

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