THE Jolly Frog at Windsor is one step closer to being reinstated as a pub after a development application (DA) was lodged with Hawkesbury City Council to begin the next stage of works.
"Stage one" works were completed in December last year, according to project architect Vanessa Benitez of MM Atelier Architects, which saw builders "clear the site, make it safe, ensure the heritage walls were secured - they put in some bracing - and ensure the walls were still in keeping with the heritage appearance".
They also rebuilt a roof in the profile of the previous heritage building, which was a Hawkesbury Council condition.
"Now we've lodged a DA with Hawkesbury City Council to reinstate a pub in that location and it's currently with Council at the moment," Ms Benitez said.
"The builder's now off-site. They've done all the work they've been contracted to, and we can't do anything further until Council approves the DA.
"They've sent us additional queries in January which we're in the process of responding to."
The historic pub was destroyed when a fierce blaze ripped through the building on Windsor Road in January 2014.
Jolly Frog owner Sam Mustaca of Planet Warriewood told the Gazette in 2017 that he planned to transform the historic hotel, which would revert back to its original name of The Carrington once it began operations again.