Manly Wharf is set to have a $9 million facelift with the owner, Seagrass Capital, looking to add a second storey as well as upgrading the existing facilities
Although many locals are concerned by the increased concentration of a large numbers of people at the wharf precinct, nonetheless the upgrade of existing facilities is considered overdue.
It is believed that the group, run by property industry investor Robert Magid, now has a shortlist of construction firms. A hand-selected list of restaurateurs will be invited to submit expressions of interest to join the current tenants including Hugo's, Papi Chulo and the Bavarian restaurant.
Two new restaurants, 563 square metres and 548 sqm in size, with floor to ceiling views and outdoor dining will be built above the existing Wharf Hotel and Papi Chulo establishments.
The Manly Independent Assessment Panel approved the development plans for the second-storey restaurants, in October 2015 in accordance with the original conditions of consent as approved by the Land & Environment Court of NSW in July 2013.
Additional modifications to the existing property include new passenger and operational lifts, joint lobby, extra storage and an additional private staircase.
Background on Manly Wharf
Built in 1855 as a passenger terminal, Manly Wharf has undergone many changes.
The latest plan is the second transformation of the wharf by Mr Magid.
In 2001, he got the green light to start a $12 million redevelopment of the wharf into an eating and shopping precinct. That plan, which also included a proposal for a 200-room, six-storey hotel, was knocked back by Manly Council.
That revised plan led him to transform the site into an "emporium" of restaurants, cafes, shops and the current crop of bars.
Candy Bingham, Deputy Mayor & Manly Ward Councillor on Northern Beaches Council. Background in marketing, public relations and community engagement. Author of five business books. Former Lady Mayoress of Sydney. Aka Candy Tymson.