Courtesy of New Norfolk News
Local construction firm Crusader Homes, owned by Justin Derksen, today announced its plan to develop a $3 million distillery and cellar door at Willow Court.
The business says it is working with Heritage Tasmania to ensure its plans are respectful of the history of the site and they have also been in discussions with the Derwent Valley Council as owner of the buildings it is interested in.
The proposal is in four stages:
Stage 1: Prepare buildings for restoration and restore the Allonah Building.
Stage 2: Construct distillery and bar in the courtyard between the Allonah and the Occupational Therapy building.
Stage 3: Restore Occupational Therapy building with a bar, kitchen and outdoor courtyard.
Stage 4: Restore Carlton Ward for bond storage as the distillery's operations expand.......................
I'm personally torn, I want the best for Willow Court but it also means the end to our explorations and After Dark Night Tours.
Plans look impressive at this stage.
I will keep you all informed on the proposal when news comes to hand.
More information can be found here along with your chance to provide feedback.