Hotel owned by suspended Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi to be heritage listed

Akara Hotel.
Akara Hotel.

A CBD hotel more than 100 years old and co-owned by suspended Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi will be heritage listed, after an administrative “oversight” caused a two-year delay.

The 118-year-old building on Wellington Street was originally constructed as an alcohol-free coffee palace, refurbished in 1938 and is now known as Akara Hotel.

City of Perth first identified the building to be listed in 2015, but the owners objected.

Perth commissioners on Tuesday supported the listing of the building, but the lengthy process was chalked up to an administrative “oversight”.

The City gave the opportunity for the owners and occupiers to make a submission on the proposal in November two years ago, allowing them 21 days to respond, but it was not progressed by the administration.

Placing the four-storey building, which is classified by the National Trust (WA), on the City Planning Scheme No. 2 Heritage List would prevent a new development on the site and significant changes to its structure.

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