Spring start on $25m SW Hilton hotel
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.