Hobart, Australia, awaits approval on $40M hotel development

Palace Hotel

A $40 million hotel development in Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania, might become the city's tallest building. But that's all up in the air (pardon the pun.)

Hobart City Council was about to scuttle the plan to build the hotel yesterday when a motion was passed instead to give the developer an extension of time to consider making changes to the design.

Council planners had recommended the approval of the proposed 196-room luxury hotel, proposed by Asian-based company Elizabeth Tasmania Pty Ltd. on the site of the former Westpac bank in the Hobart bus mall. At its tallest point, the hotel would be 239 feet high. 

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According to The Mercury, the development will likely be named the Palace Hotel, after the Palace Theatre originally on the site. A procedural ­motion will see the application come back to council for ­reconsideration after April 26.

Source: The Mercury

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