Redesign of old Criterion Hotel site in Warrnambool ready to go | The standard


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After a decade in vacancy, one of Warrnambool CBD’s most important sites will soon be a hive of activity with the construction of luxury apartments set to begin within weeks. Interest from buyers has been pouring in since expressions of interest were first called for the $9 million Criterion Vision project just before Christmas, including from as far away as the United States. Spokesman Bill Welsh said work was just weeks away from the start of 10 Kepler Street townhouses, each with its own elevator. “It’s not far,” he said. “Everything is ready to go. There has been a lot of interest in the site.” Jason Thwaites of Ray White Real Estate said a number of genuine buyers have signaled their intention to purchase some of the homes from “The first expressions of interest campaign certainly got attention from afar,” Thwaites said.He said there were people from out of town who had connections to the area, but there were also some who came from as far away as the U.S. Mr. Thwaites said he was I’m not surprised at the level of interest in the property. “It’s a very well designed in a location that had absolute access to everything. You don’t even really need a car,” he said. “It’s a downtown metropolitan lifestyle in a growing coastal city.” The project includes four townhouses three storey, four bedroom homes overlooking Kepler Street and a further six to the rear of the property. From street level they will appear over two storeys and include underground parking. The rear townhouses will be smaller but still on three floors with a double garage and three bedrooms Mr Welsh said it was exciting to see something finally about to happen The site was home to the famous Criterion pub before closing in January 2008 and being destroyed by fire in February 2010. The fire damage was so severe that what remained of the historic hotel had to be demolished to ‘top-spec.’ He said there wasn’t much apartments in town that approached this level of design. one has its own lifts and therefore covers all spectrums of the buyer’s market, including retirees and downsizers,” Mr Thwaites said. He said the developer had tried to involve as many locals as possible in the project. Initial plans for the site unveiled in 2019 included a four-story development in the city center with 40 apartments, shops and offices, but that idea was scrapped in favor of townhouses. IN OTHER NEWS: Our reporters work hard to bring local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content: Now just a click away with our new app: Digital subscribers now have the option to receive information faster, at their fingertips with The Standard:



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