198-room hotel will be largest in city if it gets approved

TO MAKE WAY: 28 Yarroon St could be developed into 198 rooms.
TO MAKE WAY: 28 Yarroon St could be developed into 198 rooms. Brenda Strong

A HUGE new development will soon replace an old Queenslander-style house at 28 Yarroon St, if the Gladstone Regional Council lets a development application for a 198-room accommodation facility through.

If approved, it would be the largest hotel complex in Gladstone, with its closest neighbour, Oaks Hotel, providing 144 rooms.

The motel would be built across three blocks on Yarroon St, diagonally opposite the old post office, and would stretch down the hill to the corner of Central Lane.

It would be supported by an ancillary building on Goondoon St.

The development application was lodged with the council by Martin Gleeson Pty Ltd and Horth Financial Property Group, and advertised for public comment in Thursday's Observer.

While not heritage listed, a house set to be removed if the application is approved, has some interesting local history.

Readers may recall that in July 2013, a taxi was shot at from the residence following an argument between a man at the residence and two women in the taxi.

The Observer understands the house has been rented out for some time.

The development application has not been approved, said council spokesperson for regional strategy, Councillor Matt Burnett.

"The sites in question are not heritage listed and buildings will be removed to allow the development if it is approved and construction goes ahead," he said.

Councillor Maxine Brushe encouraged interested community members to make a submission.

"I encourage anybody interested to have a look at the proposal and raise a comment to council," she said.

"I think all sites are important. It's in the CBD precinct and certainly is earmarked for development as part of that CBD precinct."

Fast facts

  • A motel with 198 hotel rooms is proposed for Yarroon St
  • The development would include a hotel and food premises
  • The proposed hotel will be 34m high at it highest point
  • Residents have until April 17 to make a submission to council and should quote application number DA/898/2013

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