He said his offer to Mosman Council included spending up to $1m on refurbishments to the historic building.
“We had 4000 customers who wanted us to take on the lease, and the council’s decision has blindsided us,” he said.
Five star boutique beauty business All Saints Clinics has secured a ten year lease and will make Boronia House its flagship store.
“Boronia House is such a historic site that everyone should enjoy, and even the terms of the lease said it should have public use, which now isn’t going to happen.”
All Saint founder Dr Joseph Hkeik said he was delighted to take up the decade-long lease, which includes two further five-year renewal options, for the historic property.
“We are very excited about reinvigorating Boronia as a health and wellbeing landmark and will be investing in maintaining and enhancing this beautiful building and its surrounding gardens to establish it as our Australian flagship clinic,” he said.
“We bring a beauty and aesthetics mindset and a deep respect for heritage in relation to the restoration and use of Boronia. Our proposal includes a multi-purpose community health and wellbeing space for wellness-related events, as well as community accessible art through the establishment of an arts and sculpture garden in the surrounding grounds.”
Mosman Council General Manager Dominic Johnson said he was pleased to secure a quality tenant that stood out above other tenders.
Mosman Mayor Carolyn Corrigan said in a statement that the new tenant will keep the site’s independence intact, with All Saints planned use respecting “the qualities and heritage of the building and surrounding gardens.”
“The All Saint project team, led by Australia’s highly respected and awarded international designer, Blainey North, includes renowned heritage consultants and planners, so we are confident that historic Boronia will be restored to its former glory and beauty,” Mayor Corrigan said.
Founded more than 23 years ago, All Saint Clinics has two other Sydney locations, in Double Bay and North Parramatta, with planning for a London clinic underway.
Boronia House – a Mosman landmark building – has been sitting vacant for the past two years.
Mosman Council General Manager Dominic Johnson said he was pleased to have secured a quality tenant that stood out above other tenders financially and in terms of approach.
“This is a great outcome for Council and this fine old building with a quality tenant strongly committed to the site and the community,” Mr Johnson said.
“Following a lengthy and robust market process, the agreement ensures Boronia, as part of our commercial property portfolio, will generate an adequate financial return and provide a substantial investment to restore the building.”
“All of this will be achieved while maintaining community access to the gardens and surrounds, as well as allowing for appropriate future investment in its interior renovation and upkeep.”