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The Fall of the Gateway Motel

By johnboy - 27 September 2010 24

[First filed: Sep 25, 2010 @ 15:59]

Gateway ruins

Owen has sent this in with the following note:

Like some bombed out German City, the City Gateway Motel is half demolished to make way for apartments. Just seems like yesterday it was built. It was pricey accommodation out from the city center, guess that was part of its problem.

ps.

(If you go to their website http://www.citygateway.com.au/ you will be informed that “they are building a new improved website”. Guess it’s not about to happen.)

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aussielyn 11:32 pm 28 Sep 10

I was Maitre’D at Rhiannon’s at the City Gate in 1987-1988. Under general manager Paul Weeks we operated very efficiently and worked harmoniously.
The owner was the developer Ivan Krisaic who built Eagle Hawke Hotel over the border. I remember Col Joye, Judy Stone, The Choir Boys, Spy Vs Spy, Barry Crocker and other celebrities who stayed there.
The Esanda Rally was a standout because of the characters and I can recall a mechanic saying he could change a Mazda 323 gearbox in 15 minutes (and he asked where mine was parked)
In those days people would line Northbourne Ave/Anthill St for the cars cruising in for Summernats. The cars would drag off at the lights.
The property was sold so we all lost our jobs.

creative_canberran 9:54 pm 28 Sep 10

pepmeup said :

In the info they sent out to investors the body corporate fees were about $4000 for each 1 bedroom flat. so thats $80 a week added to the rent. Given they were all bought by investors it should be good for renters when the whole 350 come onto the market.

Excellent, more shoe boxes down the wrong end of town.

pepmeup 5:22 pm 28 Sep 10

The new apartments being built are the axis development, They are being sold by the Independent Property Group, the first 2 towers all sold the day of release, bought up by hungry investors. The new towers (3) should be finished in 2013 so investors bought in at today’s prices and don’t have to pay until 2013.

I’m not sure that it is really that great of a location, it is still a long walk to the city or a Drive to anywhere else.

In the info they sent out to investors the body corporate fees were about $4000 for each 1 bedroom flat. so thats $80 a week added to the rent. Given they were all bought by investors it should be good for renters when the whole 350 come onto the market.

Thumper 6:19 pm 27 Sep 10

creative_ ???? suggest Jon English.

How do we know it is not mel torme?

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