Batavia Motor Inn owners confirm ‘demolition’ will take place at the derelict Geraldton site

The demolition of a Geraldton “eyesore” is one step closer, with the developers of the derelict Batavia Motor Inn confirming they intend to bulldoze the regional West Australia site.

It comes as the City of Greater Geraldton has announced it wants the buildings knocked down, directing the chief executive to pursue legal action if necessary.

The Batavia Motor Inn has been vacant for years and has become a target for anti-social behaviour.

A company named 54 Fitzgerald Street Pty Ltd purchased the property in September last year but its owners have remained tight-lipped about their plans for the block.

Company directors Joe Scaffidi, Anthony Scaffidi and Michael O’Sullivan this week confirmed that at least some buildings at the site will be bulldozed.

“We had already submitted for a demolition license so this latest council decision is somewhat surprising,” they said.

“We are still assessing all possible ideas, which could include reuse of some aspects of the remaining built form.

“To date, we have spent considerable funds with two architectural firms reviewing possible schemes for the site.”

Toppled over trolley with rubbish on the ground at a derelict property
The derelict property has become known as an antisocial site.(Midwest & Wheatbelt: Chris Lewis)

But the council’s chief executive Ross McKim said the company’s demolition application was incomplete.

“The required information was not provided and the fee was not paid,” he said.

“Officers have been regularly following up with the owners to try and advance the application so it can be approved.

“It has been difficult to contact the owners and little progress has been achieved.”

Shelter for squatters needed

The company directors said ongoing concerns for rough sleepers at the abandoned hotel had complicated development plans.

“The use of these locations for shelter will mean when demolition does occur, unless accommodation is provided, these people will seek other city buildings for interim cover,” the directors said.

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