Highway 'eyesore' to get new lease of life
IN THE 1950s this building started life as a service station.
It was later upgraded to a coach terminal and then a restaurant.
But for the past few years the building has been better known as an eyesore.
Owner of the site Tony Prentice has had re-development in his sights and after five long years of seeking approval, Mr Prentice's wish has finally been granted.
The Wood and Wallace St Liquor Legends bottle shop will be the second satellite retail liquor outlet to be operated by the Criterion Hotel, Warwick.
The bottle shop will occupy a floor space of 150sq m.
There will be the opportunity to create at least two permanent local jobs and another five casual.
"We now have all the required approvals for the refurbishment," Mr Prentice said.
"There will be room on the site for the bottle shop and a food outlet.
"We've been able to come to an agreeable solution with Main Roads and I'm hoping for construction to begin within five weeks."
The Daily News reported late last year that the development was delayed by conditions set forward by Main Roads claiming the corner would need widening to cater for the extra traffic, with Mr Prentice told he must foot the bill.
"They wanted us to pay for the roadworks, but now it looks like we've reached a more simple plan," he said.
The existing building on the site will be revamped and the access will be "left in" off Wood St and "left out" into Wallace St.
The proposed refurbishment will leave no hint of the building's past lives and to the passer-by will present as a new building both inside and out.
With new landscaping, a new outdoor dining deck will complete the transformation.
A spokesman for Transport and Main Roads said they were still in negotiations with the developer to finalise the application.
"Until these negotiations are finalised, the department can not comment further on this application."