Brisbane’s biggest hotel, with over 300 rooms, has been fully operational.
Key points:The $15 million Econon Lodge Hotel reopened on Thursday nightThe hotel is now open to guests after almost three monthsThe Econons property has been built at the centre of a long-running land dispute with the cityThe hotel opened in January 2017, but was closed after the city acquired it and its surrounding properties in March 2017, sparking a dispute.
“The property has now been sold and the Econos properties have been redeveloped and opened up to the community,” a statement from the Brisbane City Council said.
“There are a number of opportunities for future development and we are currently working with the owner to identify the best site for a new development.”
Mr Bratton said the hotel’s construction had been completed and the building’s facade would be replaced.
“I’ve been very proud of the project and the work that’s been done on the property and the hotel,” he said.
A city spokesman said the development of the hotel had been “continued with the approval of the Planning Commission”.
“The building is still subject to environmental and site conditions which will be subject to further environmental assessments and other approvals,” he added.
A spokesman for Brisbane City council said the building would be re-used for accommodation.
“It is a project that is in line with the long-term development plan for the area,” he told ABC Brisbane.
“Brisbane City Council will continue to ensure that it remains a vital part of the Brisbane landscape, and we expect it to remain so for many years to come.”
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