People will likely be able to apply to lease Katherine's new Town Square kiosk from next week.
The lease is being put before next Tuesday's Katherine Town Council meeting.
According to the agenda, the lease will be for a year with an option of a second year in the expressions of interest process.
The relocatable kiosk caused a lot of debate when it was revealed as central to council's plans for the $3.5 million upgrade of town square (50 cent park).
Many nearby businesses were concerned with the arrival of publicly funded competition at a time the local economy has been hard hit by pandemic restrictions and a disastrous tourist season.
The kiosk will be rented to the successful applicant.
Number one on the list of council's priorities for the new business is to "enhance the precinct as a friendly, safe and inviting place".
Secondly, another key objective is to "maximise the economic, social and cultural benefits to the precinct and wider community".
Thirdly the council wants to "develop a leasing model that enables commercial viability for the tenant and a new positive position for the council".
The upgrades, which have been funded by the NT Government as a CBD revitalisation project, are expected to be finished by the end of the year.
Expressions of interest would be called for over four weeks, ending November 30, council documents state.
Council will make the final decision on who wins the lease.
"Council invites all interested parties to submit their vision for the space as part of the Expression of Interest process and we look forward to providing a family friendly, vibrant place for the benefit of our local community," Mayor Fay Miller says in a preamble in the expressions of interest documents.
Documents state the kiosk consists of:
- One 20ft shipping container, converted for café/kiosk operations.
- One 10ft shipping container, converted for supporting storage space, immediately adjoining the café/kiosk operations.
It will be fitted out with an oven, a coffee machine believed to be worth about $4000, heavy-duty dishwasher and a fridge.
Under the expected terms of the lease, the council wants the successful operator to open a minimum of six days a week, Minimum hours Monday to Friday - 9am to 4pm and Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays- 10am to 2pm.
"Additional operational hours are at the discretion of the operator/tenant."
The decision on the expressions of interest will go before council on Tuesday night.
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