Historic Noosa site set for tourism resurgence
Lovers of one of Noosa's historic landmarks should be able to breathe easier - the stately Halse Lodge sitting on the doorstep to Hastings St will not be sold by owners of the Anglican Church.
Local concerns were raised last year when the church opened up the large land parcel at 2 Halse Lane which operates as a backpackers for expressions of interest.
The church prospectus said the site, which has heritage protection development constraints, was open to lease, joint venture or sale or "any other arrangement deemed suitable".
Commercial real estate specialists Frank Knight have been working with the Anglican Church Southern Queensland since the EOI period ended in October and this week announced negotiations with a Queensland-based party to lease the property "for a tourism outcome".
The church remained tight lipped as to the identity of the leaseholder for now.
ACSQ group property manager Hiro Kawamata said the proposed use of the property would benefit the local tourism industry, local community and economy.
Mr Kawamata said the outcome should provide longevity for the heritage property.
He said the proposal intended to respect and enhance the historic site and the surrounding ecological environment.
Frank Knight's Blake Goddard said the EOI campaign had resulted in very strong interest from a range of interested parties, both locally and internationally-based.
The outcome will be subject to a due diligence period.