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‘Always’ the plan to demolish facade of 1920s Georgetown building: developer

Emotion on high as Georgetown ‘icon’ is demolished GONE: The former Georgetown pub soon after demolition work began on Thursday. Pictures: Marina Neil
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GONE: The former Georgetown pub soon after demolition work began on Thursday. Pictures: Marina Neil

GONE: The former Georgetown pub soon after demolition work began on Thursday. Pictures: Marina Neil

GONE: The former Georgetown pub soon after demolition work began on Thursday. Pictures: Marina Neil

GONE: The former Georgetown pub soon after demolition work began on Thursday. Pictures: Marina Neil

GONE: The former Georgetown pub soon after demolition work began on Thursday. Pictures: Marina Neil

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NEW LOOK: An artists’ impression showing The Georges Residency with a faux facade. The building will host 22 apartments.

Mr Potter said he had read the criticism, but argued that any change – particularly with new development – causes disquiet.

“People get very emotional when there’s change, and when a building they’ve grown up with gets demolished, but that is the nature of development,” he said.

“The fact is our city is changing, and it has been for some time now.”

Mr Potter said it was always the intention of the developers to knock down and rebuild the facade, despite a plan posted on a sales website for the new apartment complex that says “existing facade to be retained”.

An artists’ impression shows the facade as a central feature of the new building, but the developer said it was a reconstruction.

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“[The plan] could be misleading … but it’s semantics, council knew what our intentions were,” Mr Potter said.

The building is not heritage-listed.

Many people stopped and stared at the demolition on Friday.

Wil Davies, of Wallsend, said he admired the workmanship of that time, and labelled the demolition “depressing”.

“It was gorgeous, it’s history, you don’t get the quality of workmanshiplike this anymore,” Mr Davies said. “At the end of the day, it’s an icon of Georgetown, and it’s gone –that’s sad, it’s really sad.”

Construction is expected to start in June.

TOOLBOX TALK: SafeWork NSW and Newcastle City Council staff in a tense conversation with a contractor after the demolition.

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