Big sale: The Mayfair Centre went up for auction yesterday and was passed in.
Big sale: The Mayfair Centre went up for auction yesterday and was passed in.

Negotiations for historic site

THE Mayfair Centre has stood at the corner of Grafton and Palmerin streets in Warwick for more than 100 years with the building passed in at auction yesterday to a “prominent” Rose City businessman.

Wade Real Estate owner Stuart Wade said there were two registered bidders at the auction yesterday at the premises.

However he could not disclose the amount the property was passed in at.

“The property was passed in as the person was a prominent businessman in town and hopefully we can make a settlement,” Mr Wade said.

“Further negotiations are currently in progress.”

The building was owned by Olav Muurlink who purchased the historic location in 2003 for $165,000 and ran his business, Free Media, which published the Free Times from the site.

Dr Murrlink purchased Mayfair from John Doherty, a former Warwick Shire councillor where various fitness classes, religious sessions and a health and beauty spa were run.

Mr Wade said the building was previously a hotel called Victoria Hotel since 1880 and was renovated in the early 1960s to the Mayfair Hotel.

The site would hold memories for Rose City residents as plenty of celebrations took place including many weddings over the years and other events at the site.

In 1988 the building’s years as a place to relax with a cool beer were over and it was renovated into what it is today.

The centre has been empty since the Free Times moved to the industrial site at Activity Street.


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