It was good to see many local residents at the Festival earlier in May. Hopefully, any information or questions you had were answered by staff and committee present on the day. Since the festival, work has continued to comply with the requirements of the City of Yarra, and the preparation to go to tender. Below is an update of the status of the project:
- The Planning Permit has been approved and conditions agreed to by all parties. The centre will be able to operate from 8 am to 8 pm weekdays and
9 am to 5 pm on weekends to deliver programs and activities including open days, markets and community events
- A draft Lease has been prepared by the City of Yarra and presented to Richmond Community Learning Centre (RCLC) to discuss. There are a number of support documents that need to be developed and annexed to the Lease, so staff and committee have been working through these documents in an endeavour to sign the Lease as soon as possible. At the time of writing this update, all documents are almost completed
- While waiting for the above documents to be finalised, the tender for the construction of the facility was circulated and five applications were received. Interviews were undertaken with two builders and further information has been requested, with a final decision on the successful applicant to be announced when the Lease has been signed
- The anticipated commencement of the building works is 01 July with completion prior to the break for the December/January holidays. The Architect and RCLC would like the build to happen as quickly as possible with no unseen delays. Everyone is looking forward to an early 2015 opening.
So there has been much behind the scenes activity to proceed the project to this stage and there is much excitement about the approaching commencement of work on the site.
If you would like to discuss any issues around the project, please feel free to make contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to provide further information.
Burnley Backyard Project Coordinator