Sold! Motel among plans for eyesore

THE most talked about, least attractive building in Rockhampton's Central Business District has changed hands.

The dilapidated Church's building was bought by a Melbourne-based company called Southern Capital Central West two weeks ago.

Although plans for the property have not yet officially been announced, director of Southern Capital Central West Dean Giannarelli has said he will meet with Rockhampton City Council next week to discuss options.

The Morning Bulletin has also learned one of the options may include a multi-storied motel unit with shops and services on the ground floor.

The Church's building has been the subject of hot debate for more than three years.

"It's been very frustrating for everybody to see a prime site left derelict,'' said Mayor Margaret Strelow.

"It's great news for Rockhampton.''

The previous part-owner, Michael Church, had been continually delaying plans to build a shopping complex on the block. The city council had made moves to force the owners to do something with the lot.

They attempted to prove the building was in breach of the Building Act 1975.

But the report showed they had no powers to do anything.

"Council officers state that while the building is old and not cosmetically appealing, it appears structurally sound and of similar condition to adjoining buildings,'' said Gavin Steele, the council's environmental service director.

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