NOW OR NEVER

State Gov­ern­ment puts the call out to de­vel­op­ers to build a pro­posed five to 12-storey ho­tel at Mid­dle­ton Beach as Al­bany res­i­dents urge ac­tion at the former Es­planade Ho­tel site.

Albany Extra - - Front Page - Toby Hussey

De­vel­op­ers are be­ing sought to build the pro­posed Mid­dle­ton Beach ho­tel.

The State Gov­ern­ment an­nounced on Wed­nes­day the process of ac­cept­ing sub­mis­sions from de­vel­op­ers in­ter­ested in the site op­po­site Mid­dle­ton Beach had be­gun. De­vel­op­ers will be able to sub­mit their in­ter­est in the site up till July 17.

The news came days af­ter the lat­est artist’s im­pres­sion of what the ho­tel could look like — a glass­walled 12-storey struc­ture fea­tur­ing mul­ti­ple bal­conies over­look­ing the bay.

The ho­tel will have up to 120 ho­tel rooms plus as many as 20 apart­ments.

De­spite its po­ten­tial tow­er­ing size Lands Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said it and the sur­round­ing precinct would suit the area.

“The Mid­dle­ton Beach Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre de­vel­op­ment is fo­cused on cre­at­ing an en­er­getic com­mu­nity hub to com­ple­ment this al­ready pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion, with a new pre­mium ho­tel hav­ing the po­ten­tial to at­tract many more tourists, busi­ness vis­i­tors and recre­ational en­thu­si­asts to Al­bany,” she said.

“We are seek­ing ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from de­vel­op­ers who are ex­cited about the unique op­por­tu­nity avail­able at Mid­dle­ton Beach, and who will cre­ate a ho­tel precinct that re­flects Al­bany’s nat­u­ral beauty, his­tory and cul­ture.”

Ms Saf­fi­oti re­cently an­nounced the re­sults of an ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est pe­riod for op­er­a­tors of the ho­tel, which drew ap­pli­ca­tions from five “big name brands”.

Al­bany MP Peter Wat­son wel­comed the project as a a boost to the lo­cal econ­omy.

“Con­struc­tion of the new de­vel­op­ment is ex­pected to cre­ate more than 120 short-term jobs. When com­plete it will launch hun­dreds of new em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the re­gion’s grow­ing hospi­tal­ity and tourism in­dus­try,” he said.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the ho­tel at Mid­dle­ton Beach.

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