11 November 2021 – Global operator Quest Apartment Hotels has announced a new hotel in the Blacktown CBD, as part of the significant private sector investment in the Blacktown’s infrastructure.
Quest Blacktown at 26 Second Avenue is well underway as part of a $30 million-dollar mixed-use development by Gitane Living.
The 82-room hotel will occupy the 11 upper floors in the new 23 level mixed-use development, which will also include a retail zone as well as private residences.
Quest’s general manager of growth and capital strategy, James Shields, says the announcement comes at a time when Blacktown City is enjoying strong economic advancement, where the population is tipped to exceed that of Tasmania in the next 10 years, and annual economic activity surpassing $26 billion.
“Blacktown Local Government Area is currently home to over 23,000 local businesses and is poised for considerable growth in the coming years, with a number of major infrastructure, productivity, and livability projects underway”, said Shields.
“Blacktown City Council has adopted a balanced budget of $656 million for the 2021/22 financial year, including a major capital works program of more than $150 million.
“Traditionally underpinned by industrial employment in manufacturing and wholesale trade sectors, the Blacktown area is transitioning, and we anticipate that the demand for quality corporate travel accommodation in the area will continue to increase.
“It’s understood there will be an increase in knowledge-intensive and population-serving jobs, especially in the health and education sectors, and Quest will be well placed to sustain the long and short stay travel requirements emerging”, said Shields.
It’s a sentiment echoed by Mayor of Blacktown City, Tony Bleasdale OAM, who says the new hotel is an important piece of the puzzle in helping the area meet its full potential.
“Blacktown is undergoing a significant transformation with the establishment of the Australian Catholic University campus in the CBD and Council’s own $80 million redevelopment precinct, with an underground carpark, park, retail plaza and flanking buildings in the City Centre.
“Quest Blacktown is part of $600 million worth of development that’s currently underway or planned for area just to the north of Blacktown railway station.
“Council welcomes Quest Blacktown to our CBD as part of our commitment to transform Blacktown into a modern, vibrant city where people can live, work, gain the highest education and relax in a sustainable environment, “Mayor Bleasdale said.
The basement levels of the development are complete, with the ground floor currently underway.
Quest Blacktown is expected to open during the first half of 2023.
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