Fout and half star hotel planned for city
By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A NEW $60 million multi-storey hotel could grace the city's main business district's skyline by early 2007.
Developer Andrew Foreman, of Foreman Projects, which already has interests in Gladstone, said feasibilities were being undertaken for a four-and-a-half star hotel behind Westpac Bank in Roseberry Street.
He said early plans were for a six to eight-storey, 100 to 120-room hotel with a bar area, restaurant and reception area at street level.
It will also have conference and meetMr Foreman said his company 'is in the process of building a new chain of regional motels in other states and Queensland', including Parkes, Mildura and Biloela, but the Gladstone project was its biggest by far.
'It (the chain) is not part of any known hotel group, but it will be Australian-owned,' Mr Foreman said.
Foreman Projects recently completed its Glenview Estate on the corner of Boles and Breslin streets, and is to develop 46 blocks in Adelaide Street and another 58 blocks on the old The Glen Drive-in site.
Gladstone City Council planning and assessment manager Andrew Kearns said council has had preliminary discussions with Mr Foreman about the proposal but there has not been any application lodged with council at this stage.
He said the council had given approvals for development on the site previously, but the Foreman proposal was different to the earlier project.