I guess Focus Pacific just didn't get back to them in time, because they ran another article the next day, in which they confirmed they are still hoping to proceed with the hotel, construction still to begin in March and be finished in time for the 2021. They have been "working with Hutchinson Builders over the past nine months on the development"There wasn't any quote from Focus Pacific in the article to confirm the hotel is still going ahead. I think when TCC says it's expected to start construction in March, that's based on a previous quote from Focus Pacific in September.
How did it take over a year for TCC to approve one small hotel, even with the conflict of interest, which was resolved in May? Surely even Sydney would have got through a DA like that quicker, and I don't think Townsville is in a position to be making the few developers that show interest in the city wait that long.
I know right! hno: They are stuffing the developer of 46 Oxley Street around too (Town houses plus a shop) the site is currently vacant bar a sewage pump station but sadly because it had some old WW2 buildings on it years ago it has heritage overlay and the council has been having a back and forth with them over how they plan to address the heritage aspects of the site.. WTF there is NOTHING there. I was walking past there and it was hot and I was like gee some shade from a building or a nice shop to get a drink or something to eat would be nice? but hey weeds and dirt are better :nuts:
But on a good note St Patricks new East Precinct is powering ahead.