The Ritz Hotel makeover approved
THE State Government has given the green light for a major makeover of one of Geelong’s most iconic buildings.
Minister for Planning Richard Wynne today (21 Dec 2017) announced the planning approval for a redevelopment of the historic Ritz Hotel in Bellerine Sreet.
The $30.8 million development will transform the Ritz Hotel from a state of disrepair into a luxury short stay option for visitors to the thriving city – complete with 110 apartments.
The project will create up to 95 jobs during construction and a further 25 jobs once complete.
Supported by the City of Greater Geelong and the Geelong Authority, the project has been rigorously assessed against heritage requirements and the Government’s Better Apartments Design Standards, which ensure all new apartments are built with light, storage, ventilation and enough room for people to live comfortably.
Once known as the Belle Vue, the Ritz Hotel was built in 1853, serving as a boarding house, a guest house and a hotel well into the 20th century. Since the 1990s, the building has sat disused and fallen into disrepair.
The Government says it is encouraging more housing and infrastructure, and has streamlined the planning process so that all major projects go directly to the Minister.
The Ritz Hotel project is the latest major project for Geelong approved by the Government. Others include the $50 million Deakin University Accommodation Project and the Miramar Apartment Complex.
“This project ticks all the boxes. It’s going to create jobs for Geelong locals, boost housing supply, encourage tourism and add to the city’s stunning waterfront,” Minister Wynne said.
“This approval has been carefully considered to ensure we respect and retain the history of one of Geelong’s oldest sites, and give it a safe and secure future too.”
Source: A state government media release