Progress on the demolition at 38 Sydney Street, Kilmore as of October 20.

Demolition of the first floor of a heritage-listed building at 38 Sydney Street, Kilmore had to be extended due to safety concerns with the contractor engaged by the building owner.

Demolition works began at the former All Nations Hotel on Saturday, October 8 and were scheduled to finish on Monday, October 10 but were stopped early last week to address safety concerns.

Works of the first floor resumed over the weekend and have now finished.

Carparks from 38 to 46 Sydney Street remained closed to allow the demolition contractor access to the building and room for construction bins to collect debris.

The footpath directly in front of 38 Sydney Street has now reopened, with traffic management still in place along Sydney Street for other ongoing street works.

The Mill Street pedestrian mall was also closed intermittently during the work.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Bill Chisholm said it was disappointing the works could not be completed on schedule but safety was council’s most important consideration.

“The safety concerns with the work being completed by the third party contractor have now been addressed and work is resuming,” he said.

“We’re very thankful for the patience shown by traders and residents as we complete this project.”