Two Orange building companies, one from Bathurst and one from Sydney, have entered tenders for the Byng Street Boutique Hotel.
The 22-room hotel at 62 Byng Street will occupy the historic house Yallungah, and include a modern extension.
Developer David Nock said the project will be a windfall for Orange businesses as he endeavours to procure everything needed for the project from the area.
“We gave instructions that we wanted to use as many local people as we could,” he said.
“We have been able to retain the services of many of the skilled professionals required to plan the building from the local area”.
They have included engineers, planners and certifiers to assist in the development preparation.
Mr Nock said he hopes construction can start in January, providing the construction certificate comes through from Orange City Council.
VIDEO: Flythrough of the boutique hotel. Courtesy of Mayoh Architects
Despite two years of delays and court cases about the development, electrical and structural work has taken place in the old house, although it still requires a fit-out and painting.
Mr Nock said there is still a question over a fireplace that is required in the development application and they have to find out what type of fireplace would have been there originally.
However, with help from historians, who managed to source photos of the Yallungah façade, they will be able to replicate the original balustrade with modern safety measures.
“We are excited about the next chapter in this property’s story and can’t wait to get started,” Mr Nock said.
“We hope the Byng Street Boutique Hotel provides as much joy to people as the original home did for so many years.”