The abandoned Sheraton Hotel is being redeveloped by Rarotonga businessman Chris Vaile. The first section, which includes 41 rooms and a new swimming pool, is scheduled to be completed by the end of next month. LOSIRENE LACANIVALU / 23100417, 23100418 / 23100419/ 23100420/ 23100421 / 23100422
I applaud the developers of this project (Vaimaanga redevelopment) … well, the current developers anyway!
However, this is no longer a five- or six-star hotel
project with international brand marketing advantages, needing direct beach
access to be successful at that level. The current developers have made it very
clear that this is a piecemeal project and will be slowly put together over a
number of years … on restricted budget. Good on them!
However, moving the road around the back of the
project is no longer sensible … or safe (if it ever was).
The community must come first and though not ideal for
motorists, a pedestrian crossing is the maximum change that should be allowed.