Karratha CBD hotel secures planning approval
Construction of a long-awaited hotel at The Quarter in Karratha’s CBD is set to begin before Christmas after being approved by the State’s regional development authority.
The 100-room Hilton Garden Inn was originally slated to begin construction in January, but delays with the sale of the land and the development application caused that timeframe to be setback by almost a year.
The hotel was finally granted planning approval by the Kimberley Pilbara Gascoyne Joint Development Assessment Panel at a meeting late last month.
But before the construction begins, property developer Pacifica Developments still needs to finalise the last of the detailed designs and pick a builder.
Pacifica director John Zendler said there was “no doubt” construction would start by the end of the year.
“It’s just a matter of how dramatic that construction will look,” he said.
“There’s large elements of the building, which will be built off site to try and mitigate the impact on the town, which means we can actually get on-site a little bit later.”
“We want the construction to have a minimal impact, where we don’t have to barricade off the whole site too early, so people can enjoy the green space for as long as possible.”
The JDAP consent came with a list of 13 conditions, the most critical stating the agreement was only valid for a period of two years and would lapse if the development had not substantially commenced in that time.
The City of Karratha has committed $10 million to the project, with its money set to be used towards the end of the construction period.
A City spokesman said the JDAP decision was a significant milestone for the hotel project.
“A hotel has been planned for this site for many years and the City is looking forward to this development further activating Karratha’s city centre, generating local jobs and offering visitors high-end accommodation,” he said.
Pacifica has committed to the construction being finished and the hotel opened by the end of next year.
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