It looks like the days are numbered for Lonsdale House, with the people’s paper reporting in a somewhat impassioned article that:
With the backing of Melbourne City Council and Planning Minister Justin Madden, demolition of this unique and much-neglected Art Deco building at the corner of Lonsdale St and Caledonia Lane is expected to be completed by early February.
In the aforementioned article, reporter George Lekakis takes a swipe at both the State and Local governments, with Melbourne City Council coming under the harshest criticism as he writes:
Instead of doing the right thing by engaging with people who wanted to prevent the demolition, no councillor was prepared to publicly acknowledge they were signing off on the trashing of another signpost of Melbourne’s past.
With the future of Lonsdale House seemingly destined to be at the wrong end (is there a right end) of a wrecking house, both the State and Local Governments surely need to come up with a better way to handly inner city retail development.