The unrelenting grind of gentrification is a threat to live music venues all over Melbourne and gems like the Esplanade Hotel, St Kilda - aka the Espy - are particularly endangered. Makeover plans are afoot and we're keeping an eagle eye on our favourite pub. We'll be posting what we know here on ESPY WATCH.

image via TimeOut Melbourne

image via TimeOut Melbourne

18 Aug 2015 | Planning Permit Lodged

An application has been submitted to the City of Port Phillip for: "Buildings and works including partial demolition and alterations to the Esplanade Hotel building" and "installation of a new 145sqm rooftop terrace".

Eager beavers can view the full set of documents (application no. 869/2015) on the council website HEREThe public advertising period closes 3rd October but they'll probably accept submissions until it goes before council. We'll be making a submission as part of a group - will post it here soon.