The rush to build high rise in the inner city strikes down another victim. The Belgravia hotel in Footscray. It is a shame to lose a pub which has such a strong association with the local community, over such a long period (see article exerpt below). While architecturally it is a loss of a Victorian building of some scale. As I understanding it not even the facade is to be preserved.
Footscray, in a smiliar way as Coburg, West Melbourne, North Melbourne and other areas undergoing considerable redevelopment, will have to be careful that what makes them so architecturally and culturally interesting is not lost in pursuit of the $$$.
The Fairfax press writes: "FOOTSCRAY's historic Belgravia Hotel, along with neighbouring buildings occupied by a pool hall and tattoo parlour, will be demolished to make way for an apartment tower.
Maribyrnong City Council has approved a 12-level, 105-unit tower for the adjoining sites at 16-20 Buckley Street, and 236-238 Nicholson Street. Despite a 2011 parking review suggesting the proposed new complex would generate demand for 137 car spaces, just 70 bays have been permitted.
Developed in 1875, the Belgravia Hotel was reportedly where the Footscray Cricket Club formed more than a century ago."
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