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Demolition work has begun on Melbournes Art Deco landmark, Lonsdale House.
Work has begun in Caledonian Lane, the side lane that runs alongside Lonsdale House. The lane is now blocked off to pedestrians. The work is expected to be completed by early February.
Melbourne blog [“Bosco Parrasio”:http://boscoparrasio.blogspot.com/2010/01/demolition-has-begun-on-lonsdale-house.html] today posted photos of the work taking place in the side lane, while Facebook group [“Save Lonsdale House”:http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=20644183845#/event.php?eid=254638477697&ref=mf] is holding a protest this evening (Friday 15 January) at 6pm.
The building, one of 20 remaining Art Deco buildings left in Melbournes CBD, is being removed as part of the Myer development. Planning Minister Justin Madden approved the development proposal in July 2009, saying: As part of the development, Lonsdale House will make way for an iconic new entrance and improved access.
The development, known as the Emporium Melbourne, is a $500 million scheme backed by the State Government. When the scheme was approved last year, Premier John Brumby said the project would complete the rejuvenation of Myer Melbourne and provide the final link in the chain of upgrades from the Myer Bourke Street and David Jones stores, through to Melbourne Central and QV.