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PostPosted: 09 Nov 2014, 00:26 
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The historic and iconic Edgewater Beach Hotel, built in 1887, has been sold to developers who intend to turn the property into a sprawling apartment complex.

Event organisers from the Mentone Hotel's "Edgy Wednesdays" officially made the announcement on Friday night. They stated that the licensed venue had been sold and would be closing its doors for the very last time on Thursday the 13th of November, 2014. Apparently all of employees of the hotel had been given only 5 days notice of termination of employment.

Here is the official message from the 'Edgy Wednesdays' official Facebook page:


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PostPosted: 09 Nov 2014, 00:48 
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Here is what Clarke Martin, Independent candidate for the seat of Sandringham in the up and coming Victorian State Election, has to say about the sale of the Mentone Hotel. He has stated that he is taking the issue all the way to the desk of Premier Denis Napthine's office...

http://www.makebaysidebetter.com.au/sale-of-historic-mentone-hotel-to-developers-shows-development-out-of-control/


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PostPosted: 12 Nov 2014, 14:04 
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There will be a rally tonight to save the Mentone Hotel from redevelopment as reported in today's Mordialloc Chelsea Leader newspaper.

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In addition the Planning Minister is trying to get the hotel Heritage Listed - well that's a turn up for the books!

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Mordialloc Chelsea Leader online 10 November 2014

Government steps in to try and save historic Mentone Hotel

By Jesse Wray-McCann

THE State Government has vowed to try to protect the iconic Mentone Hotel from being turned into apartments.

The hotel announced via Facebook on Friday evening it would be closing this Thursday, with new owners set to convert the historic 1880s Beach Rd building into a residential development.

This morning Planning Minister Matthew Guy and Sandringham state Liberal MP Murray Thompson visited the Mentone Hotel, formerly named the Edgewater Hotel and known by locals as The Edgy.

Mr Guy told the Leader he and Mr Thompson would write to Heritage Victoria to seek heritage listing for the hotel in a bid to protect it from development.

“We can’t sit idle and watch this grand old building be turned into apartments,” Mr Guy said.

“It would be a huge loss to the whole bayside area.”

Mr Guy said the process to have the building heritage listed could take a couple of months, but said there was no rush to take action.

“There have been no permits issued, so people can be assured there is no imminent threat to the building,” Mr Guy said.

“Any person can request Heritage Victoria to consider a building for protection, and the hope is that heritage listing will protect the structure of the building and the interior, which would mean it could really only continue to be operated as a pub.

“It’s a bit of shock that a beautiful old building like this is not already heritage listed.”

Social media exploded over the weekend after the announcement of the Mentone Hotel’s closure, with more than 9000 people already having joined a Facebook group called Save the Edgy.

Sandringham independent candidate Clarke Martin has started a petition calling the State Government to introduce legislation to protect Victoria’s historic pubs.

“We have got to the stage where development is out of control when icons such as the Mentone Hotel are put up for the highest bidder,” Mr Clarke said.

“As population increases it is more and more important that we maintain our social infrastructure such as our great historic pubs.”

Mr Martin has also organised a protest rally at the Mentone Hotel this Wednesday at 7.30pm, with thousands expected to attend the hotel’s final Edgy Wednesdays event.

Edgy Wednesdays is the hotel’s weekly nightclub and live music themed weekly event that has long proven to be very popular, especially among university students.


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PostPosted: 12 Nov 2014, 14:44 
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I wish success to the civic-minded people who will attend.

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PostPosted: 13 Nov 2014, 15:34 
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Hundreds turned up last night to rally against the development of the Mentone Hotel.

The hotel has a Heritage Overlay and is on the National Trust Register so there is not much more protection the building can have.

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Hundreds rally to call for protection of Mentone Hotel building

• by: Sharon Green and Jesse Wray-McCann
• From: Mordialloc Chelsea Leader
• November 13, 2014 12:25PM

HUNDREDS of people gathered last night at the Mentone Hotel, famously known as The Edgy, to call for protection for the historic building.

Some wanted to retain it as a public venue and others wanted to keep the building from being bulldozed for development.

The hotel announced via Facebook that it would be closing by the end of this week, sparking fears new owners would convert the 1880s Beach Rd building into an apartment block

Mordialloc resident Colin Vickers wore yellow ribbons and stood outside the entrance of the hotel holding a sign that read “save our history”.

He said the building should be saved for future generations.

“We want the council to do more to protect iconic buildings like The Edgy,” he said.

“We don’t need any more inappropriate developments happening in the area. We certainly need some more apartments but not right here.”

Tom Condon, who has been a Mentone resident since 1952, said he would feel sad to see the building go.

“I don’t know whether it’ll stay as a hotel but the building should stay,” he said.

“This hotel has a lot of history, it’s an icon.”

Mentone resident and regular hotel patron Sebastian Torcasio said it would be “a real shame” if the building was destroyed.

“It’s one of the oldest buildings in Mentone. It’s obviously very popular among everyone that lives here.”

Bentleigh resident Samantha Yerolemis, 19, said The Edgy was an enjoyable social outlet for her and her friends.

“I’ve been to The Edgy so many times. Everyone knows each other, it’s like a family,” she said.

Independent candidate for Sandringham Clarke Martin made a speech to the gathered crowd and said the Mentone Hotel shouldn’t go the way of other local hotels that had closed and developed into apartments, including the Hampton hotel and Beaumaris hotel.

“What we really need down here is a legal instrument, a protection order. It’s been done before and it needs to be done here today,” Mr Martin said.

Mr Martin has launched a petition on change.org to save The Edgy from development and it has already attracted more than 5000 signatures.

Planning Minister Matthew Guy said he and Sandringham state Liberal MP Murray Thompson would write to Heritage Victoria to seek heritage listing for the building.

“We can’t sit idle and watch this grand old building be turned into apartments,” Mr Guy said.

“It would be a huge loss to the whole bayside area.”

Mr Guy said the process to have the building heritage listed could take a couple of months.

Kingston Council said on Facebook that it had not been notified of the hotel sale and had not received any requests to consider a proposal to develop or change its current use.

Council also said the hotel site is zoned General Residential (Schedule 3) and has a Heritage Overlay.

“The Mentone Hotel is also listed on the National Trust Register of significant heritage places. This classification means that the building has been recognised by the National Trust as a place of cultural heritage significance but this classification itself carries no statutory weight,” it wrote.


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Distinctive buildings like this are few and becoming fewer. I'd like to see them preserved. I see so many dull, passionless, boring buildings that have been built during the past 10+ years that keeping the few we have left should, in my opinion, be a high priority.

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