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Geraldton makeover moves closer to reality

THE transformation of the Geraldton foreshore to a multi-million dollar marina has moved up a gear with building starting on the new Mid West Museum.

Tenders have also closed on the prime waterfront hotel site at the Batavia Coast Marina.

Selling agent Chesterton International director Ian Mickle said a number of submissions had been presented by recognised developers.

“The submissions we received are now under consideration, with negotiations continuing into the early part of 2000 to secure the best development for the site,” Mr Mickle said.

“Although the 20,432 square metre site is available as any combination of eleven lots, the proposals we received suggest the land is most likely to be offered as one lot.

“In addition to the hotel, the site could include complementary uses such as a convention centre, serviced apartments, restaurants, cafes and leisure facilities.”

The hotel site is adjacent to the new Mid West Museum which is due to open to the public in January 2001.

The Batavia Coast Marina is set to revitalise Geraldton’s waterfront and create an extension to the existing CBD.

Two waterfront lots in the Marina are currently open for tender by LandCorp on behalf of the Mid West Development Commission.

A further seven lots ranging in size from 250 to 632 square metres will be auctioned in late February or early March.

The roads and services for the project are now in place and a landscaping program is expected to be finished by the end of February.

The new marina will create opportunities for tourism, marine chandlery, retail and a range of accommodation options.

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