Mercury (Hobart) - - FRONT PAGE - JES­SICA HOWARD

HO­TEL de­vel­op­ments worth more than $855 mil­lion, with an ex­tra 2500 rooms for Ho­bart, are ei­ther un­der way or pro­posed as de­vel­op­ers look to tap into the city’s grow­ing tourism boom.

While all the hype and at­ten­tion has been given to the two ho­tel proposals by Sin­ga­porean de­vel­oper the Fra­grance Group, there are many other projects on the go which are set to change the face of the cap­i­tal city.

For the 12 months to June this year, there were 1.27 mil­lion vis­i­tors to the state — an in­crease of 9 per cent on the pre­vi­ous year.

Cater­ing to th­ese grow­ing num­bers, this year has al­ready seen 410 more beds come on board in Ho­bart with the open­ing of the Ibis Styles Ho­bart and MACq 01.

An­other 614 rooms are in vary­ing states of progress, with the Mar­riott, Crowne Plaza and Hy­att Cen­tric ho­tels, which have a to­tal value of $135 mil­lion.

On the draw­ing board, but yet to be ap­proved by coun­cil, are a fur­ther six ho­tel de­vel­op­ments with 1411 rooms worth $650 mil­lion — bumped up

sig­nif­i­cantly by the $300 mil­lion Homo de­vel­op­ment at Mona an­nounced in July.

Plans were re­vealed ear­lier this week for a $60 mil­lion ex­pan­sion on the site of Bat­tery Point’s her­itage-listed ho­tel Lenna of Ho­bart, which have been lodged with the Ho­bart City Coun­cil this week.

The orig­i­nal 1874 sand­stone build­ing, on the cor­ner of Sala­manca and Run­nymede St, al­ready fea­tures a 1970s ex­ten­sion and own­ers Lloyd and Jan Clark have joined forces with de­vel­oper Dean Cole­man to con­struct a new 85-room, sixs­tar bou­tique ho­tel on the ex­ist­ing car park site.

The ad­di­tional struc­ture will also fea­ture three streetlevel re­tail ten­an­cies and a pub­licly ac­ces­si­ble podi­um­level so­cial space that opens on to Princes Park.

Her­itage Tas­ma­nia di­rec­tor Pete Smith said the Tas­ma­nian Her­itage Coun­cil would wait for the de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion to be lodged and would as­sess the pro­posal along with rep­re­sen­ta­tions from the pub­lic be­fore con­sid­er­ing its own stance on the project.

It also was re­vealed this week that plans for a $30 mil­lion ho­tel de­vel­op­ment on the site of a rug and tile cen­tre in Ho­bart’s CBD have been res­ur­rected un­der the new plan­ning scheme.

A de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion by Syd­ney-based Ressen Prop­erty Group to build a ho­tel de­vel­op­ment on the site of the for­mer Myer home­wares store in Mac­quarie St was ap­proved by the Ho­bart City Coun­cil in Au­gust 2015.

The Re­source Man­age­ment and Plan­ning Ap­peal Tri­bunal later up­held an ap­peal lodged by nearby busi­nesses, based on height and plot ra­tio grounds.

This week a new ap­pli­ca­tion for 202 ser­viced apart­ments was lodged with the coun­cil.

Progress on the Vibe Ho­tel next to the Ar­gyle St car park has stalled for some months, but the Mercury un­der­stands the de­vel­op­ers are in the mid­dle of fi­nal ne­go­ti­a­tions with the builder and con­sul­tants to fi­nalise con­tracts.

In Jan­uary, the Hy­att Group an­nounced it would op­er­ate a new ho­tel from the for­mer West­pac Bank build­ing in the Ho­bart Bus Mall.

De­signed by Neal Mack­in­tosh, of JAWS Ar­chi­tects, and to be built by Hutchin­son Builders, the 63-me­tre high, five-star ho­tel will boast a restau­rant, bar and func­tion rooms.

Sin­ga­pore-based de­vel­oper El­iz­a­beth Tas­ma­nia Pty Ltd cut 10 me­tres off the build­ing’s orig­i­nal plan to gain coun­cil ap­proval.

The de­vel­op­ers have now asked the Ho­bart City Coun­cil to re­lo­cate Eastern Shore bus stops from the west­bound lane of the mall for about 20 months from mid-De­cem­ber while the Hy­att Cen­tric Ho­tel is built. A rec­om­men­da­tion will go to the coun­cil on Mon­day night to give con­di­tional in-prin­ci­ple ap­proval to the pro­posal.

The $45 mil­lion Crowne Plaza was orig­i­nally due to open next month after the In­terCon­ti­nen­tal Ho­tels Group signed a man­age­ment deal with the Kalis Group in 2015 to build the lux­ury ho­tel in the Icon Com­plex.

The progress of the ho­tel and the over­all de­vel­op­ment had been de­layed fol­low­ing the dev­as­tat­ing flood in the base­ment level of the flag­ship Myer store, when the Ho­bart Rivulet wall col­lapsed last year.

In July, an In­terCon­ti­nen­tal spokesman said the ho­tel would open in the first quar­ter of 2019.

Kalis Group chief ex­ec­u­tive Alexia Kalis said this week that progress at the Icon Com­plex was “ahead of time.”

The Mercury can also re­veal that a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for the for­mer Cres­cent Ho­tel at North Ho­bart has been lodged with the coun­cil.

Lo­cal firm Michael Cooper and As­so­ci­ates Ar­chi­tects, on be­half of prop­erty owner Jiecheng In­ter­na­tional, lodged an ap­pli­ca­tion for a change of use to 14 visitor ac­com­mo­da­tion units on the site in Bur­nett St.

Jiecheng In­ter­na­tional bought the prop­erty for $1.1 mil­lion in May last year.

Mr Cooper said the ex­ist­ing ground-floor bar area would be con­verted into two hol­i­day apart­ments, with first-floor ac­com­mo­da­tion for larger fam­ily stays. At the rear of the ho­tel, 11 new mo­tel rooms would be built, mim­ick­ing the style of the ex­ist­ing build­ing.

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