Work will begin on Monday to demolish the art deco portion of the old Commercial Hotel.
Currently owned by Bay of Plenty Regional Council, the 1939 art deco portion of the Commercial Hotel site is being levelled, before it and the neighbouring former Bank and public house will be resurveyed and sold. The corner pub building will remain on the site.
A decision was made to sell the property earlier this year and the Regional Council is keen to see the site being developed in a way that is complementary to Whakatāne District Council’s Town Vision.
The majority of the demolition work will be done from the rear of the building and won’t be visible from the front building façade until the final stages of the project. The demolition of the art deco building is expected to reduce the fire and vandalism risk to the historic corner pub.
A karakia ceremony is being led by Ngati Awa on Monday morning before work begins to demolish the building.