Monday, October 24, 2016

Melbourne – Historic 159 year old pub illegally bulldozed

Building unions have slapped a construction ban on the site of a historic Carlton pub demolished illegally on the weekend.

And they say the company that purchased the Corkman Irish Pub for $4.76 million last year should be forced to surrender the land to Melbourne City Council.

The Corkman Irish Pub opposite Melbourne University's law building has been demolished after being sold to a local developer for $1.56 million above its reserve in 2014.

The 159-year-old pub, formerly known as the Carlton Inn, was knocked down without a demolition or planning permit – sparking five separate government investigations into what laws may have been broken.

The pub, which had a heritage overlay, was already at the centre of a police arson investigation over a fire that broke out there the week before.

The site is owned by developers Stefce Kutlesovski and Raman Shaqiri, who are building apartment projects all over Melbourne.

The pub was demolished by Shaq Demolition and Excavation, which is half owned by Mr Shaqiri, who holds valid demolition and building licences.

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