AFTER 40 years of no public access, the historic West Beach Pavilion on the St. Kilda foreshore will receive a $2 million facelift.
Under the plans. West Beach Development Consortium will develop a 300 seat restaurant and tearoom (in a similar style to the Fairfield Park Boathouse in Kew); a kiosk/takeaway; a beach related retail and hire outlet; and a community events and exhibitions space.
The exhibition space can be used by Port Phillip-based community groups at low or no cost. It will also be available for weddings, parties and the St Kilda Festival. There were 17 objections to the original planning application, including concerns from Earthcare about possible drainage into the bay; and the West St Kilda residents association about closing hours, liquor licence details and parking.
After discussions with residents, the council cut back the pavilion's operating hours to 7am to midnight, Monday to Saturday and 7am to 11pm on Sundays.
"We are happy with the recommendation," Colin Fryer, president of the residents association said.
"We are pleased it remains a publicly owned building with access for everyone."