Iconic hotel set to serve locals for many years to come

April 27, 2018 by  

Braeside residents are among many thousands of people set to enjoy facilities at the well-known Mentone Hotel in coming years following a Kingston Council decision that will allow its restoration.

According to Kingston Mayor Steve Staikos Council, together with the developer and community groups, have reached an agreement that will secure a healthy future for the hotel. He said:

“The Mentone Hotel will now be restored featuring a significant hospitality space to ensure the public can continue to enjoy the beautiful historic building.

“It is great news that the developer has agreed to increase the public hospitality area and can now get to work on restoring the building and opening its doors to the community once more.”

The announcement has voided the need for involvement of the Victorian Civic and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Prior to the latest agreement being reached between all parties, VCAT was to have considered a permit, refused by Council, which advocated the site’s development with several apartments and a much smaller hospitality space, and a hearing subsequently followed.

The planning permit for the iconic hotel, which over the years has featured in promotional postcards and brochure printing in the area, will now include 26 dwellings both within the building and in an adjacent two-storey development located where the car park now stands, as well as 416sqm of hospitality space on the hotel’s ground floor.

Victoria’s heritage laws will ensure the internal staircase and façade will be preserved, according to Cr. Staikos.