HERITAGE Victoria has approved a planned redevelopment of the Mentone Hotel in principle paving the way for an apartment complex and townhouses to be built at the Beach Rd site.
The heritage permit is the first stage in the planning application process. The planned development of the hotel, also known as The Edgy, will be assessed by Kingston Council before final approval.
Heritage Victoria stated: “The Construction Management plan must include a structural engineers report detailing the measures being employed to ensure that all historic features of the heritage place are adequately protected during the course of carrying out the works and or activities, in particular works associated with footings and basement construction”.
If council approves the planning application a Planning Scheme Amendment will be submitted for approval by the state government.
A council officers report on the redevelopment proposal is expected to be publicly available for councillors to discuss later this year.
Developer Paul Huggins, who bought the iconic hotel for an undisclosed sum believed to be in excess of $9 million last year, intends to build a four-storey apartment building behind the hotel building and townhouses above a restaurant within the main building.
Those interested in the redevelopment of the Mentone Hotel should register their interest by emailing email@example.com or contacting council’s strategic planning team on 9581 4713.