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Hotel to go, red castle to stay

CHRIS THOMSON

13/12/13 UPDATE: A STATE DEVELOPMENT PANEL YESTERDAY APPROVED THE RED CASTLE PROJECT, AGAINST THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE TOWN OF VICTORIA PARK, WITH AMENDMENTS TO THE ORIGINAL PLANS. THE PROJECT ONLY JUST GOT UP, THREE VOTES TO TWO, WITH THE PANEL’S SPECIALIST PLANNERS CONSIDERING THE URBAN DESIGN QUALITIES OF THE DEVELOPMENT JUSTIFIED ITS APPROVAL.

The derelict Red Castle Hotel has been earmarked for demolition though its turret would stay in a $30 million redevelopment of the landmark Lathlain site.

Plans now before a state assessment panel show that Campion Design Group on behalf of landowner Firetune Investments wants to bowl the hotel and replace it with a 141-unit, seven-level apartment block, as pictured.

However, the Town of Victoria Park has recommended the $30 million redevelopment be refused when the state panel meets on Thursday.

Council planners claim the two to seven level project would be too dense a development for the Great Eastern Highway site.

The 44-room motel and associated function area and restaurant were built in stages from 1961 to 1968. The complex’s crowning glory – the tower – was erected after receiving approval by the City of Perth in 1968.

The hotel complex is now derelict and last year its top floor was gutted by fire. The current development application is the fourth submitted for the site since 2003.

Campion claims the only way to permanently ensure “antisocial and criminal activity” disappear from the site is to approve redevelopment.

During the project’s consultation phase, 18 letters of support, five of concern and 16 objecting were received by the council.

The site once featured a natural spring that influenced the siting of the Red Castle Brewery that occupied the block from 1912 to the 1950s.

The site itself, but not the hotel or turret, is on the Town of Victoria Park’s heritage list.

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