Spring start on $25m SW Hil­ton ho­tel

South Western Times - - Around The Region - So­phie El­liott

Work on a $25 mil­lion Hil­ton Ho­tel on Bus­sel­ton’s fore­shore could be­gin in Septem­ber, ac­cord­ing to the project de­vel­oper.

A lease agree­ment be­tween prop­erty de­vel­op­ers Paci­fica and the City of Bus­sel­ton for the prime real es­tate is ex­pected to be fi­nalised this month and Paci­fica direc­tor John Zendler re­vealed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing had been signed with Hil­ton Ho­tels.

The long-awaited fore­shore project is just one of Paci­fica’s Hil­ton Ho­tel de­vel­op­ments in re­gional WA, with four-star Hil­ton Gar­den Inns also slated for Al­bany and Kar­ratha.

Paci­fica stepped in to fill the void left in Bus­sel­ton’s flag­ship fore­shore re­de­vel­op­ment project when the orig­i­nal pre­ferred de­vel­oper, Sing­man Group, with­drew in Septem­ber, 2017.

Mr Zendler said Paci­fica and the City of Bus­sel­ton had been qui­etly work­ing be­hind the scenes, and the project, to be built on Fore­shore Pa­rade, was “well pro­gressed”.

“I wouldn’t say there have been any sig­nif­i­cant de­lays,” he said.

“We prob­a­bly ex­pected to have started by now, but there is noth­ing sin­is­ter go­ing on.

“This par­tic­u­lar project in­volves us leas­ing land from the City at the fore­shore so it adds an­other layer of com­plex­ity to a de­vel­op­ment.

“What we are do­ing now is re­ally the fi­nal 10 per cent, the nuts and bolts, how much we pay — all that has been es­tab­lished. We are now mak­ing sure the land trans­ac­tion al­lows the ho­tel to live and breathe through a 50-year life cy­cle.”

On fi­nal­i­sa­tion of the lease, Paci­fica will lodge a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion.

Mr Zendler said Paci­fica would be on-site within a month of the ap­proval, tak­ing the start­ing time for works to around Septem­ber.

As for the de­sign, Mr Zendler said it was “well evolved” and had al­ready been signed off by Hil­ton Ho­tels.

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