Bowled over for bike shop

FROM bowls to bikes... the former Winsor Park Bowling Club site will house a $3 million bicycle shop and cafe by the end of June.

Pushys Bike Warehouse’s relocation across Young Street to a prominent spot near the Albury Railway Station is firmly back on track with much of the building erected.

This has happened after some modifications were made to the original plan unveiled more than 12 months ago.

Changes include a larger window fronting Young Street with a “heritage red” brick border to complement surroundings buildings including the railway station.

The roof has also been altered from the original flat design on the site occupied by the bowling club greens and clubhouse until mid-2011.

Pushys owner Terry Wolki said some modifications had been done in consultation with the Heritage Council.

“It will be a nicer-looking building than the original plan,” he said.

“We’ve had lots of advice.

“Some of the heritage advice we got we took and some we didn’t.”

The new shop with 1200 square metres of floor space will be double the size of Pushys’ current home.

A coffee shop will operate as a separate tenancy.

The area facing the railway station forecourt had to be built with an 11-metre setback from Smollett Street.

It will be landscaped and will have seating for 100 bike riders.

Shower facilities will be available on site and could be built only single storey to protect views of the station.

Entrance to Pushys will be at the corner of Young and Smollett streets.

Connelly Construction has been on site in recent weeks with many of the external walls and roofing manufactured off-site.

Winsor Park was created on vacant land in the 1950s as a railway institute bowling club and named after railway commissioner and bowler Reginald Winsor.

The Wolki family and neighbouring Baker Motors bought the vacant site from the NSW government.

Baker Motors haven’t revealed plans to develop its half of the land.

Mr Wolki and his family took over Pushys in July 2011.

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