CONSTRUCTION of a 144 unit motel is set to go ahead in Gladstone's CBD after the development application was approved by Gladstone Regional Council earlier this week.
The Oaks Hotels and Resorts nine storey motel, featuring two levels of car parking, will be situated behind the Grand Hotel with site access from Central Lane and Roseberry Street.
Council's Development portfolio spokesperson Councillor Craig Butler, said the application also included provisions for 145 car parking spaces; falling short of the required 190 spaces under the Planning Scheme for Gladstone.
"Council is prepared to accept the 45 car spaces difference with the condition that a contribution of $5000 per space below the required figure is paid towards the provision of parking in the CBD," Cr Butler said.
Council had previously issued approvals in 1999 and 2001 for an eight storey, 120 room motel which lapsed in May, 2009.
"It will be great to see this development get under way as the motel will be highly beneficial to local business houses in the CBD area," he said.