Beach redevelopment looms

Talitha Wolfe and John DobsonAlbany Advertiser

The first stage of the long-awaited Middleton Beach redevelopment could begin within weeks with the realignment of Flinders Parade.

The Middleton Beach activity centre was approved by former Planning Minister Donna Faragher in January, paving the way for construction works to begin on the area, which includes the former Esplanade Hotel site.

The abandoned site has long been a contentious issue in the community, after the most recent incarnation of the hotel was demolished in 2007.

The redevelopment plan includes the former hotel site and surrounding land, with provisions for a hotel fronting Middleton Beach’s parkland.

Landcorp general manager regional Stuart Nahajski said the first stage of the project would be the realignment of Flinders Parade and the roundabout with Marine Drive.

Mr Nahajski said tendering for the civil and road works would be out within weeks.

“The road realignment affects the area between the intersection with Barnett Street and Adelaide Crescent,” he said.

“Subject to the outcomes of the tender process, works are expected to commence in mid-2017.”

The realignment drastically alters the current intersection, pushing the main roundabout further west, allowing for a hotel development to the north-west of Three Anchors restaurant.

“Once the realignment has been completed, traffic will be directed to the newly realigned Flinders Parade to access Adelaide Crescent,” Mr Nahajski said.

“The original Flinders Parade alignment will be disconnected from Adelaide Crescent, but retained temporarily to preserve parking near the foreshore and the Three Anchors restaurant until new parking areas are provided nearby as part of the precinct’s ongoing redevelopment.”

Work will be scheduled in winter, to reduce disruption in the busy summer period.

“Nearby residents and business owners will be advised of the timing of the works and any potential disruptions via a letter drop prior to works commencing,” Mr Nahajski said.

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