New era awaits old site

The dilapidated Kwinana Lodge Hotel.d402424
The dilapidated Kwinana Lodge Hotel.d402424

The hotel has gradually become an eyesore after numerous break-ins and deliberately lit fires, despite a fence being erected around the Chisham Avenue site.

The City of Kwinana officially placed a notice on the site in August last year, deeming it unfit for habitation. Mayor Carol Adams said the council had been working to arrange the building’s removal for much longer, but had to follow due process.

‘The City has issued the necessary approvals for the demolition and is very keen to see the derelict building demolished and the site cleared and redeveloped,’ she said.

‘It is pleasing to see machinery now on site after much delay, and hopefully this will see demolition works underway imminently.’

The Aveen’s Investments-owned land is in line for a 100-unit residential development, approved by council on Wednesday.

Cr Adams said the City shared residents’ concerns about the building, which she described as an unsightly area. The City would continue to press the issue with the land owners for demolition and redevelopment to occur as quickly as possible.

The owners could not be contacted for comment.