$7.4 million development for Bexley Bowling Club site

Bexley Bowling Club will be demolished to make way for a new two-storey registered club under a $7.43 million development application lodged with Bayside Council.

The new community club is to be operated by the Australian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) which has been given a 21-year lease on the property.

The organisation offers community participation in cultural, charitable, educational and social activities to promote the public interest in Australian Hellenic Culture.

Bayside Council gave conditional approval for the knock down-rebuild after AHEPA submitted a structural engineer's report advising the original plan to extend and refurbish the old building was not viable.

The DA updates previous plans lodged by AHEPA. The proposed works will consist of the demolition of the existing two-storey building on the site and construction of a new two-storey community club and retention of one bowling green to be used as part of the club. There would parking for 103 cars.

The 7231sqm site fronts Laycock, Edward and Oliver streets. The proposed club will have a floor area of 1446sqm and the works will include a landscaped area of 2700sqm.

Bexley Bowling Club opened in 1948. AHEPA is proposing the redevelopment because of the dilapidated state of the building.

The proposed club will provide community and recreational use and retain its registered club status.

The ground-floor will have a large space for functions, entertainment, cultural and educational events. This area will be used by AHEPA for a range of community uses.

The first-floor will have a multi-purpose hall which will be able to be divided into three separate spaces and will also have AHEPA's administrative offices.

The application is the first of two potential stages proposed for the site which could see another building built on the eastern side of the site at some time in the future.

The proposed stage two works will potentially include the construction of a multi-purpose hall over proposed basement parking in the south-eastern corner of the site.

"The proposal will provide for a significantly improved registered club, recreational and community facility," the Statement of Environmental Effects said.

"The proposed development will also improve useability for users of the bowling green, members of AHEPA and the wider community."

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