Eight-storey development in M'boro on drawing board

A NEW hotel could become Maryborough's biggest building, with developers intending to build an eight-storey structure at the site of the old Wide Bay Club on the corner of Adelaide and Sussex Sts.

The Queens Park Hotel was initially intended to be five-storeys high but the owner of the project, Cousins Development Group, is now intending to negotiate with the Fraser Coast Regional Council to build an eight-storey hotel.

But Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said an eight-storey building was more than the region's planning scheme would allow for.

Developer Russell Cousins said the existing building at the site would soon be completely demolished to prepare for the new hotel to be built.

The initial plans for a five-storey structure suggested the building would contain about 50 apartments with the ground floor level containing retail stores, but Mr Cousins hopes that will change if the project is approved by the council.

"Designs have been down for a five-level hotel. We want to build an eight-level hotel," Mr Cousins said.

"This is a substantial hotel development."

Cr O'Connell said he would be more than willing to sit down with the developers and work out the logistics of the project and whether the planning scheme could be adjusted to allow for an eight-storey building.

He said when he first heard the project being discussed it was for a five-storey building which was the maximum height allowable under the current planning scheme.

But if developers felt there was a need to increase its size, that was "certainly a positive sign for Maryborough", Cr O'Connell said.

"We are more than happy to sit down with them and facilitate their investment."

A description of the hotel, released on the Maryborough Today website, says the aim of the Cousins Development Group was to develop a five-and-a-half star serviced apartment complex that "will supply a much-needed boost of the supply of quality short-term accommodation in Maryborough".

"The apartments will be strata-titled and sold individually, enabling buyers to live in their own apartment, rent them long-term, to be placed in the letting pool," the statement read.

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