Carolyn Barr, owner of the Elks building, requested a sidewalk closing from Madison's Board of Public Works and Safety on Monday.

Barr asked to close the sidewalk in front of the building so that renovation can proceed on the building that was damaged by fire in 2006.

The work to be done involves windows and doors.

The sidewalk will be closed for 30 days beginning Aug. 26. If this phase of the renovation work remains on schedule, it should be completed before Chautauqua weekend on Sept. 27.

Barr said if work wasn't being done, she wouldn't keep the sidewalk closed, and she's willing to work around events.

"Most of the work will be done with an articulating lift. So, at the times when it needs to be moved out of the way to accommodate events, we can do that," she said.

Initially, Barr requested a six-week sidewalk closing to complete the project. Board member David Carlow and Mayor Damon Welch expressed concern about whether the project would be completed in a timely manner.

"If you get on the project and you work continuously, I think that the job can be done in 30 days," Carlow said. "And, if it's not, I'm willing to come back and revisit it and work with you again, but I'm also expecting to see some results."

Welch added that if weather or other factors caused delays, Barr could request additional time.

"I would think by that time we could kind of see where you are and if you needed it, you could ask for an extension then," he said.

After discussion, the board approved the sidewalk closing.

Also at the meeting, the board approved street closings for the Soup, Stew, Chili and Brew on Main Street. The event will be on Oct. 12. The street closings will be the same as in previous years, however the festival will last two hours longer than in the past. Streets will be closed from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. this year.

In other business:

Broadway will be closed from 2 to 11 p.m. Sept. 21 for the Broadway Block Party. It will be the 10-year anniversary of the event.