Curse of the Cri

IN what could be labelled the curse of the Criterion, the Macalister St, Sale, hotel is, once again, no longer open for business.

Owners Minlow Properties last month retook possession of the premises from the tenant, not four months after long awaited renovations were completed.

The hotel, which reopened as a public bar and function centre in January, has been the subject of much public scrutiny during the past few years, after its redevelopment, initially slated for a mid-2011 opening, was delayed for two years.

During that time, the Gippsland Times has printed many reports of roadblocks to the hotel’s redevelopment, including speculation delays were caused by the building’s heritage-listed facade.

The future of the Criterion remains unknown, while the hotel’s ‘now open’ banner still hangs from its balcony as if to mock the hotel’s closure.

Minlow Properties, Criterion manager Peter Green and solicitors McDonough and Co, who are handling the issue, were approached for comment, but had not replied at the time of going to print.