ONE of Inverloch’s most recognisable foreshore buildings will be knocked down and turned into modern units and a shop, with the developer confirming construction will begin next year.
Councillors last week approved a permit for the redevelopment of the ‘outdated’ restaurant/kiosk known as the Rippleside building – the former home of a restaurant, cocktail bar and general store.
Once a busy eatery, the business has not been in operation in any capacity for several years.
Located on the corner of Cuttriss Street and The Esplanade, the site is in close proximity to the Big 4 Holiday Park and one of the most popular Anderson Inlet beaches.
Four units and a commercial space fit for a café are proposed to be spread throughout three-storey building, with the overall height set to be slightly lower than the current structure.
There was only one objection lodged with council, and that was withdrawn after the development was reduced in scale.
Cr Jordan Crugnale hoped to defer a decision on the matter for three weeks to further investigate visibility of the proposed building from the coastline.
She said she had seen images recently that showed the current building, built in the 1980s, was visible from the foreshore.
Cr Crugnale was concerned that although the proposed building will be slightly shorter, it may still be noticeable from the beach.
Her colleagues, however, were having none of it, rejecting her alternative motion and moving forward with a recommendation from council officers to approve the plans, subject to various conditions.
Cr Phil Wright said “nothing” will be achieved by delaying the vote by three weeks.
“Either we knock it back and the developer comes back with a new design or we approve this,” he argued.
Cr Wright also said it was a shame to see prime coastline real estate sitting empty.
“I was down in Inverloch recently and I looked at this massive building which wasn’t being used,” he said.
“It had a VB sign on the roof and wasn’t even open for a beer!”
Cr Andrew Phillips agreed there was enough information to make an informed decision on the permit.
“The overlays and zoning has been addressed,” he reasoned.
“I think this could be a good outcome for the area.”
Cr Bradley Drew concurred.
“The current dwelling has sat idle for a period of time and now the space will be reignited.”
The applicant, Trevor Ireland, said he hopes works will begin at the site by mid-2016.
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