THE redevelopment of the prime Grafton Bowling Club site on the banks of the Clarence could begin within the next few months.
Local businessman Ron Skinner, who bought the site late last year, said plans had been drawn up for the first stage of turning the club into a marine precinct and he was hoping to lodge these with council this week.
“The first stage will see the front of the old club remodelled in the Federation-style that is consistent with the local neighbourhood,” Mr Skinner said.
“At the moment the front of the club is an eyesore and we want to get this fixed as soon as possible.
“The height of the building will not alter and a large awning will be built to provide shade around the club.
“Large decks are also to provide panoramic views of the river and the storage shed will be revamped in line with the new style to provide space for a possible marine shop and outlet.”
Mr Skinner said it's estimated the second stage will cost around $500,000 and would be completed within months of council giving its approvals.
Improvements inside the club are also incorporated in the first stage of developments and this could open up the opportunity for a restaurant to begin operations.
The second stage centres on a wharf and a marina being built in front of the club.
“I've already had a number of calls from boat owners asking about the project and in particular about when they may be able to moor their boat at the centre,” he said.
“That makes me feel secure in knowing that what we are doing will prove successful.”