The Cambridge Hotel has been boarded up. Photo Melanie Plane/The Morning Bulletin
The Cambridge Hotel has been boarded up. Photo Melanie Plane/The Morning Bulletin Melanie Plane

Cambridge set for 'big plans' after demolition

FROM the rubble of the Cambridge Hotel, an exciting new Rockhampton development is expected to emerge.

While no detailed plans for the site have been released yet, Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow said developers had "big plans".

Work is underway on its transformation, with signs erected at the Bolsover St site after Rockhampton Regional Council approved a demolition application on October 15.

The longstanding business unexpectedly closed in early June, leaving 20 employees out of work.

Long strips of corrugated iron have since been used to board up the building's doors and windows.

"I've been waiting for demolition to start for some time," Cr Strelow said.

"I was told by the owner that inside had been largely gutted some time ago.

"I have recently had a very cursory heads up from a developer who has big plans for the site.

"I'm really not at liberty to say anything more at this stage other than that what the developer has outlined to me is very similar to what the owner outlined to me when he closed the Cambridge a few months ago. I'm very much encouraged by the confidence and ambition for the site."

Tom Newberry (pictured with wife Jenni), co-owner of The Crazy Joker, said it was "good to see Bolsover St getting a good vibe".

 

Jenni and Tom Newberry setting up The Crazy Joker. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Jenni and Tom Newberry setting up The Crazy Joker. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

 

While he wasn't sure what would be done with the site, Mr Newberry said he would like to see a mix of residential small high-rise living and commercial space, similar to The Empire.

"Hopefully it won't stay an empty lot for long," he said.



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