Iconic Publishers Hotel to make way for high-rise project on Franklin Street

Plans have been lodged to demolish a century-old pub and former newspaper publisher to make way for a 29-storey hotel and apartment complex.

Picture credit: Auta Group

Plans to build a monumental high-rise complex encompassing both a hotel and apartment units along Franklin Street have been submitted, with an iconic establishment on the chopping block.

The ambitious proposal aims to accommodate a substantial number of residents and guests within its impressive structure. With more than 200 hotel rooms across on offer along with a diverse range of amenities, including a restaurant, bar and function room.

The residential component of the development is proposed to occupy a significant portion of the structure, spanning 12 levels and offering a variety of living options. Among these are 59 one-bedroom apartments, 108 two-bedroom units, and six three-bedroom residences, catering to a range of lifestyle preferences and household sizes.

Beyond residential and hospitality spaces, the proposed complex will also incorporate several floors dedicated to office use, with a total of 158 parking spaces, ensuring convenience and accessibility for residents, guests and anyone else who enjoys the high rise lifestyle.

The site earmarked for this project is currently occupied by the Publishers Hotel, a historic establishment that once operated as a wine bar until its closure in 2019. The building itself was built back in 1914 and originally housed the Stock Journal newspaper but is not listed as a heritage site. Therefore the developers are allowed to demolish not only the Publishers Hotel but also several adjacent structures occupying the sprawling 2111 square-meter plot.

This initiative marks the second endeavour to redevelop the iconic site, following a previous proposal by the Punvec Group. The earlier plan, which envisioned the construction of two 19-storey towers while preserving the century-old hotel, failed to materialise despite approval from the State Commission Assessment Panel. One tower consisted of 96 apartments while the other a 150-room hotel. Subsequently, the Victorian-based developer offloaded the site for a reported sum of $11 million, paving the way for the current venture led by the Auta Group.

The one-stop property group that specialises in development, construction, real estate, and investment. During the last twelve years, Auta group has successfully delivered more than seventy small and large-scale residential projects in the local market in Adelaide.

It’s just one of the many new developments slated for the Adelaide CBD, with a number of new high rise buildings set to transform our beloved city skyline.

According to information provided on the Auta Group’s website, the proposed project is slated for completion by the year 2027.

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