Mt Victorians oppose Imperial Hotel upgrade, fear it will improve local economy

Renovations of a well-known Blue Mountains pub have been opposed by Mt Victoria residents, as fears grow of a vibrant upper Mountains economy.

The Imperial Hotel closed down in 2017, resulting in the collapse of the famed Mt Victoria nightlife and a surge in popularity of the Caltex at Victoria Pass.

Foreign investors found the dilapidated site and purchased it for a reported sum of $7.50. The new owners then proceeded to submit a multi-million dollar renovation plan for the site, complete with a viewing platform to watch aircraft from Western Sydney Airport.

But despite the Council’s approval, the Mt Victoria Progress Association has criticised the Imperial’s reopening, calling it ‘horrible’ and ‘too good for the local economy.’

“The last thing we want in Mt Vic is commerce,” a spokesperson for the Association said. “We will staunchly defend our right to have a stagnant economy and for our town to fade into obscurity.”

“Also, we don’t have anything to protest about at the moment and this [the Imperial’s reopening] will have to do.”

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