Midds hotel remains in limbo

Toby HusseyAlbany Advertiser
An artist’s impression of the development and the hotel.
Camera IconAn artist’s impression of the development and the hotel. Credit: LandCorp

Nearly 10 months after it went to market, the Middleton Beach hotel project continues to stall.

Minister for Lands Ben Wyatt’s office confirmed this month the State Government had received “no acceptable” offers from developers, despite the land being available since mid-2018.

Mr Wyatt’s office said the Government would now review its marketing to find a developer after the Middleton Beach Foreshore Enhancement Project is completed — expected in December, 2020.

“Securing a hotel for the Middleton Beach site continues to be a State Government priority,” his office said.

“To make this proposition more attractive, LandCorp is working with the City of Albany on the Middleton Beach Foreshore Enhancement project.

“This will deliver a crucial element to the greater Middleton Beach precinct and will likely generate new developer interest.”

Mr Wyatt took on oversight of the project after a ministerial shake-up in 2018.

In June, 2018, then-lands minister Rita Saffioti said the Government had been contacted by “big-name brands” interested in operating the hotel.

The hotel proposal, for up to 12 storeys and 120 rooms, has been part of the Government’s plan to overhaul the Middleton Beach foreshore area since 2015.

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