UPDATE: Should developers honour the One Mile Hotel?

UPDATE: 

MEMORIALISING the One Mile Hotel through a piece of public art on the old site is an option that's on the table.

Ipswich City Council says there are number of design requirements the developers behind the proposed service station on Brisbane St need to meet, before their application can be approved.

That may include a piece of art, or an entrance statement recognising the "significant entry point" to Ipswich Central and the site's "prominent location", the council says.

But it's early days still and the council is yet to start that conversation with developers Synergy Property Partners who hope to develop a petrol station where the One Mile Hotel once stood.

"Preliminary discussions regarding the overall design of the site, its compliance with the Ipswich Planning Scheme and the extent and concept of the public art installation is expected to commence soon," a council spokesperson said. 

Should there be a memorial for the One Mile Hotel?

This poll ended on 26 July 2016.

Current Results

Yes, it's an important part of our city's history

61%

No, out with the old in with the new

16%

Yes. but it should be up to the developer to decide

4%

I don't care either way

17%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

INTERACTIVE: Scroll down to see how the demolition of the hotel unfolded

UPDATE 1.30pm: 

If approved and built, the new centre at the corner of Brisbane and Hooper Sts will be one of three fuel stations within 600 metres of each other along the same stretch of road.

By December a brand new service centre, anchored by Puma fuel, Hungry Jacks and Zarraffas will open at the corner of Brisbane Clay Sts, opposite Bunnings.

That development is also being undertaken by Synergy who last year finished the $15 million 24-hour service station at Citiswich Business Park Bundamba, again anchored by a Puma. 

But Puma Energy has confirmed it isn't interested in taking up a tenancy in a second complex along Brisbane St.

That means Freedom Fuels, on the block next to the service centre under construction near Clay St, would be sandwiched between two new precincts and two different competitors.

Citiswich Puma Service Station and Travel Centre on the Warrego Highway at Bundamba.
Citiswich Puma Service Station and Travel Centre on the Warrego Highway at Bundamba. David Nielsen

The Queensland Times contacted Freedom Fuels about the viability of its business, but the company has not responded.

Although Puma Energy has said it won't be moving into a second service centre on Brisbane St, West Ipswich, the company considers Ipswich an "attractive investment opportunity".

The latest proposal to build a service centre at the old One Mile Hotel site is one of at least four pitches to build a service centre including a fast food restaurant or café.

>>Fast food, servo development approved for Brisbane Rd

It's an area of interest in the city's business sector that's hasn't gone unnoticed by residents, including Ipswich Chamber of Commerce president Phillip Bell.

But he says there's no cause for concern the city will become overrun with petrol stations.

Instead, Mr Bell said it's a positive sign there's increased optimism and appetite to invest in Ipswich.

"Ultimately it's the customer that decides if a business is viable or not," Mr Bell said.

"There is a tendency to be a little fearful of change, but ultimately it is residents who benefit from an increase in commercial activity, and as a community, we all benefit from a vibrant commercial hub." 

EARLIER: 

THE guessing game is over.

The ground where the One Mile Hotel once stood is set to become a petrol station.

Property developers Synergy Property Partners have lodged an application over the site showing plans to build a new service centre including a drive-thru restaurant and a café.

The council is yet to approve the development, however, the application confirms rumours that followed the controversial demolition of the 100-year old One Mile Hotel in December.

There was community uproar in September after a private company secured permits to demolish the hotel, a decision the council said it wasn't consulted on.

Despite calls to protect the building, a demolition crew moved in at night, four days before Christmas, and tore down the hotel.

Now, if the development goes ahead, part of the property will be surrounded by a 2.4 metre sound-blocking wall.

Synergy has also bought two other neighbouring properties giving it 10,738 square metres to build the new service centre. 

NEW PLANS: A developer has lodged an application with Ipswich City Council to build a petrol station on land where the one Mile Hotel site once stood.
NEW PLANS: A developer has lodged an application with Ipswich City Council to build a petrol station on land where the one Mile Hotel site once stood. Synergy Property Partners

 



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