The demolition in downtown Shelbyville to make way for a new parking garage and construction for the Hamilton-Major subdivision are scheduled to begin later this month after the Board of Works approved the closure of portions of alleys and streets during Tuesday’s meeting.

Work on the site behind the First Methodist Church and former Bradley Hall Furniture is set to begin Jan. 20 after the board approved closing the sidewalk on the north side of the property and on the south side of Franklin Street, as well as Union Street.

A portion of the sidewalk along the north side of Washington Street will also be closed.

Traffic disruptions will occur when needed, Tom Davis of Genesis Property Development told the board. There will be times when workers will be moving cranes and other equipment that will cause portions of Franklin and Washington streets to be partially blocked, he said.

“This is going to be minimal impact compared to when they built the Excel building, the apartment building,” board member David Finkel said during the pre-meeting.

Davis said Genesis anticipates the demolition and excavation to be complete by the end of February.

The garage is expected to be completed by October.

Construction at the Hamilton-Major subdivision will also begin around Jan. 20 after the board approved the closure of the alley from Washington Street to Franklin Street.

Genesis is working with First Christian Church, which will allow construction workers to use its parking lot during the week. The plan is to have the lot open on Sundays for residents attending church, Davis said.

The company hopes to have that project completed by the end of June or possibly July.