QUEANBEYAN City Council is continuing plans to beautify the CBD, now turning its attention to improving the town's entrances and river frontage.
The council has allocated $4.8 million over the next three years to undertake upgrades to Monaro Street, entrances to the CBD at Lowe and Collett streets, Morisset St and Queen Elizabeth Park.
Council's parks and recreation manager Tim Geyer said the project has been split into two phases. The first was already underway with superficial works to existing banner poles, landscaping, and benches along Monaro Street.
The second is major works to begin in 2015. The council is seeking input from the business community and public during the design and consultation phase over the next six to 12 months.
Mr Geyer said initial feedback from the business community had been enthusiastic, particularly from Riverside Plaza and the Queanbeyan Leagues Club. He said Riverside Plaza currently had a development application before council to improve their facade.
Riverside Plaza marketing manager Heidi Flaherty welcomed improvements to the area.
"We are working closely with the council to ensure that the works go smoothly and that there will be minimum impact on the centre during the upgrade.
"I think it will not only help the centre but the whole CBD area," she said.
"The upgrades will provide some lovely outdoor areas that look perfect for picnics and activities. Fingers crossed for some nice weather to go with it."
Leagues Club general manager Jeremy Wyatt was also supportive of the upgrade.
"It's a very positive thing," he said. "We are looking to do our own upgrades with lighting and painting but we will make our decision once the final plan is released. We would like to keep in line with what the council is doing."
Stage two of the CBD upgrades follows the $4.45 million renovation of the Crawford Street Lifestyle Precinct in 2011-12. At the time council received critcism from some business owners who experienced a downturn in business while the street was closed for construction.
Mr Geyer said that would not be the case this time.
"It's important to realise that this project is completely different to that seen in Crawford St during the development of the Lifestyle Precinct," he said.
"The Lifestyle Precinct involved major engineering works including rebuilding the road, footpaths and replacing the water main. This current project will be mainly landscaping and cosmetic improvements along Monaro, Lowe and Morisset streets."
Property owners and businesses are encouraged to attend two information sessions held at the Bicenntenial Hall on Tuesday, August 27 between 7 - 8.30am and 5.30 - 7pm.
A public information session will be held at Riverside Plaza on Thursday, September 5 from 4 - 7pm.