The Commercial Hotel was a pub on its last legs. The building dating from the 1890’s had been seriously neglected and negatively altered, yet it still had a presence. The first stage of this redevelopment is to find new and relevant uses for the building that will tie it back into the workings of the town of Castlemaine. This is to include maintaining a place for the small but loyal existing regulars most of who saw the Commercial as their living room and some as their home.
The first physical change was to reinstate one of the shop fronts. Design work is ongoing. The pub is to maintain trading through the preliminary changes.