The biggest redevelopment of a landmark central Albury property in recent memory has been given the green light.
The Globe Building, on the corner of Dean and Kiewa streets, will undergo a $1.6 million refurbishment of its ground level with 10 shop tenancies to be created including an expanded corner outlet formerly occupied by The Border Mail.
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The Globe Building opened in 1860 with the redevelopment works to enhance the heritage significance of the property and the wider heritage conservation area.
"The current building owner purchased the property with the intention of restoring the building to its former glory, improving the individual tenancies and bringing the building up to current day building requirements," planning consultant Matt Johnson said.
"Habitat Planning was proud to be part of the redevelopment of the building.
"This is a really exciting development that will consolidate and renovate the ground floor tenancies, renovate and replace shopfronts and repair, repaint and restore the exterior of the building, including reinstating the art deco theme on the corner curved parapet.
"The outcome will preserve the building's facade and art deco design features that will ensure this important local heritage item located on one of Albury's key main intersections will be preserved as a prominent city landmark well into the future."
Painting and tile works will be carried out as per heritage adviser recommendations.
The redevelopment doesn't include the Zed Bar which is part of the building footprint, but the internal arcade will be removed as part of converting the present 14 shops into 10 under the new plans.
Another significant change is the return of a distinctive stainless steel globe on the highest point of the building.
It will occupy the same spot a globe previously did from the post World War II period to the mid-1960s when the pub's verandah was demolished.
Famous guests of the original two-storey hotel built by John Roper included Governors, Nellie Melba and General Douglas MacArthur.
The hotel occupied the corner of the building until being moved west along Dean Street.
It was replaced by shops and upstairs accommodation and following a fire on the upper level in 1989, the accommodation ceased.
Ivan Peppe purchased the building two years ago.