Renewed hope as old hotel considered for heritage listing

March 26, 2015 by  

City of Kingston residents have been supported in their efforts to save the iconic Mentone Hotel.

Affectionately known as ‘the Edgy’, the Victoria venue has become popular within the area incorporating Mentone, Beaumaris, Parkdale, Port Phillip, Cheltenham and the Moorabbin Airport.

A community campaign was launched last year to save the historic pub, after a November closure for eventual conversion into an apartment block had been mooted. Those involved had aimed to keep its doors open and the live music venue operating.

However, its fortunes may have been turned around recently by the intervention of a developer who has set his sights on restoring the venue to its former glory, and a recommendation seeking to add the building to the heritage list.

A decision on whether the site could officially be heritage listed is still pending from Heritage Victoria.

The state government’s heritage arm put forward a number of reasons when recommending the hotel for inclusion on the Victorian Heritage Register.

These included the existence of uncommon aspects of the state’s cultural heritage within the hotel’s walls, its exposure of aesthetic characteristics of importance, its strong association with cultural groups and communities throughout Victoria’s history, and its special association with them on a spiritual, cultural and social level.

The heritage proposal has been welcomed by Chris Hill, who is spokesman for the Save the Edgy committee, which used flyer printing to enlist community support to keep the hotel operating.

A spokesperson the Heritage Council welcomed comments on the application. The final decision is expected to be known by June.