The Flemington Road hotel was put up for sale last year, after a council decision to remove poker machines from the pub. It failed to attract a bite as a medical suite development site.
A planner who did want to be named confirmed it is now acting for the owner in redeveloping the 1,030 square metre property. It’s believed the Redback will be demolished and replaced with a new building including licensed ground floor retail spaces, and student accommodation apartments above.
Sources expect the property will be put back on the market for sale as early as next year, as a residential development site.
Redback will perhaps always be remembered as the scene of an accident where a shard of glass fell out of a second story window, and onto North Melbourne footballer Anthony Stevens in 2000. It was owned by a syndicate of Kangaroo footballers at the time. It has also been owned by Carlton & United Brewery and prominent hotelier and pharmacist Peter Rush.