Planning win for publican

Subiaco Hotel owner Michael Monoghan is delighted that the Ace Cinemas site could soon be redeveloped. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d407050
Subiaco Hotel owner Michael Monoghan is delighted that the Ace Cinemas site could soon be redeveloped. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d407050

Mr Monoghan said he felt a mixture of relief and delight to hear the City of Subiaco had supported the $95 million Ace Cinemas development that would go before the Metro West Joint Development Assessment Panel on Thursday.

‘I congratulate the council on this decision and can only hope it is a forerunner of other exciting developments,’ he said.

The 500 Hay Street design includes a 217-room hotel, food court and four cinema screens.

Although the Subiaco Hotel has not offered accommodation for more than 25 years, Mr Monoghan said he received at least five phone calls each week asking to book a room.

‘It’s frustrating because those people would spend money shopping, eating and drinking in Subiaco,’ he said.

Although Cr Scott Arbuckle said the design conflicted with the Town Planning Scheme, was over height and had excess bulk and scale, councillors last week voted against the staff recommendation to reject the development.

Cr Julie Matheson said the West Perth-style building did not belong in Subiaco. Cr Garry Trinder, who had asked City staff to prepare the alternative positive recommendation, said the modern design fitted in with the ‘new town’ precinct.