A 118-year-old hotel on Wellington Street, co-owned by suspended Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi, could soon be heritage listed.
A decision on the listing is expected to be made by the three Perth commissioners at a meeting next week, three years after the City identified it for inclusion on the City Planning Scheme No. 2 Heritage List.
Listing the building, which is classified by the National Trust (WA), would prevent demolition or significant changes to the structure, particularly the outside.
City staff identified the building for the list in 2015 but “the owner did not support the place being entered in the Heritage List”.
The Guardian Express reported in September 2016 Perth council’s planning committee voted to delay the decision back to City staff seeking “further investigation”.
At its November 1 meeting, Council considered a report in relation to the building and resolved to give the owner and occupier the reasons for the proposed entry and 21 days to make a submission on the proposal.
The four-storey Grand Central Hotel, now known as Akara Hotel, was built circa 1900 and extensively refurbished in 1938, changing the facade.