Neighbouring business owners have raised safety concerns about an alleyway that will be used to access a two-story building complex being built on Tasman Terrace.
Construction is well underway on the new building at 21 Tasman Terrace that will include a three-bedroom holiday apartment on the first floor and retail premises on the ground floor.
Under cover parking will be provided with access from the rear car park and secondary access via a laneway to Tasman Terrace, which will provide right of way for vehicle traffic.
Some adjacent shop owners have voiced safety concerns, particularly for pedestrians who may use the alleyway.
Amanda Spalding said she had seen people walk back and forth through the alley on their way to the beach.
“In summer there’s lots of kids always running up and down,” she said.
“I worry about safety.”
Another shop owner, Tanya Bieniasz, shared similar safety concerns.
“I don’t want it to turn into a thoroughfare road,” she said.
Development owners Stuart and Eva McLean consulted with GTA Consultants, which found the laneway was appropriate given the low volumes of traffic anticipated for the dwelling.
One of the planning conditions imposed when the development was approved in 2014 was that if the informal access from the rear carpark was no longer available the applicant would be required to install removable bollards, a new stop sign, a new driveway cross-over and new kerb extensions.
The previous building on the site, which used to house local store Magnolia Tree, was demolished last year to make way for the new building.
The decision to demolish the building was based on its condition.
Mr McLean said while the pre-cast concrete tilt form construction would never be considered “pretty” it would be fire resistant and water resistant with a life-span of more than 100 years.
He said he had also tried to rely on local businesses and labour.
“When we made the decision to take on this project one of our aims was to use local contractors as much as possible and to date we have achieved that aim,” he said.
“When I see apprentices on the job site I’m pleased that our investment dollars are staying in the town and creating employment.”
Mr McLean said when completed the building would include a three-bedroom holiday apartment on the upper floor and a retail premises on the lower floor, which has been leased to a major restaurant chain.
“I see our investment as an opportunity to generate employment and promote Port Lincoln as a tourist destination to be enjoyed by visitors and locals alike,” he said.
The council was unavailable for comment.