City of Launceston vote on demolition of Riverview Hotel

The fate of Launceston’s Riverview Hotel will be decided at a council meeting on Monday. 

City of Launceston councillors will vote on a development application proposing the expansion of Jackson Motor Company’s sales and service yard at lower Charles Street, the Esplanade and William Street. 

The proposal includes the demolition of the hotel, with exception of the facade, to make way for a $5 million redevelopment of the site.

Submitted by developer Errol Strewart in March, the application also includes the extension of a heritage building, alterations to the existing showroom, installing new signage and works in the Charles Street road reserve. 

Mr Stewart bought the Riverview Hotel in February. The site will be used to build the Volkswagen and Kia showrooms originally planned for Lindsay Street. 

The proposal said the Kia showroom would link to the existing Volkswagen and Suzuki showroom, via a covered driveway.

In March Mr Stewart told The Examiner growth of the dealerships determined the need to expand.

The Ford showroom would also be refurbished and two tool stores would be developed at the southern end of the Ford service centre.

An existing William Street access would be widened and another showroom access created under the proposed plans. 

Building a new footpath along the property’s Charles Street boundary, in front of the Volkswagen showroom, was a condition of the application. 

The council will also vote on its third round of community grants for the 2017-18 financial year, its first round of major event sponsorship for the 2018-19 financial year, and the lease of City Park Cottage to City Park Radio. 

The council will meet at 1pm on Monday.