Former Geraldton motel may be knocked down

Francesca MannGeraldton Guardian
The former Batavia Motor Inne, which fronts both Fitzgerald Street and Gregory Street, has stood vacant for more than a decade.
Camera IconThe former Batavia Motor Inne, which fronts both Fitzgerald Street and Gregory Street, has stood vacant for more than a decade. Credit: Geraldton Guardian

A once-popular multi-storey Geraldton motel that has remained disused for more than a decade could face demolition.

Mayor Shane Van Styn said the City of Greater Geraldton was starting a process that could lead to a demolition order on the former Batavia Motor Inne in Fitzgerald Street.

Mr Van Styn said the owners of the building, Singaporean syndicate Batavia Village Pty Ltd, were looking at selling the property in June, but nothing eventuated.

In 2010, the Geraldton Guardian reported the owners were close to starting work on a $3 million refurbishment project for the complex and had appointed a local builder and hotel operations manager.

But the renovation project has stalled.

The motel was once the place to be in Geraldton, with an impressive function room, its own nightclub and bar, and spectacular views of the ocean.

At one time, there were plans to transform the site into a small retail space anchored by Kmart, but these plans were abandoned.

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