K?cliff eyesore bites the dust
By ROXANNE MILLAR
KINGSCLIFF'S most famous eyesore got the goodbye it deserved yesterday when a demolition moved in, reducing it to a pile of rubble. The Pacific Sands Motel, on the corner of Wommin Bay Road and Murphy Road, was destroyed in large chunks to make way for 15 prestige home units. Throughout the demolition smiling locals looked on, cheering the final demise of the building. The motel had fallen into massive disrepair after it closed several years ago and had become a danger- ous site for teenage parties. Demolition man Dennis Hennegan said the building had become so dangerous it was even hard to knock it down safely. "It was in pretty bad shape, with lots of vandalism and people had obviously been helping themselves to it for a long time," he said. The site will now lay bare for a few months until construction of a prestige apartment block begins early next year. Development manager Dale Holt said Winten Property Group was behind the project, which would be releasing pre-sales shortly. "They are very exclusive units, and we're looking somewhere above $860,000 for them I think," he said. The development is believed to be two storeys high with a three-storey beachfront component. It is the first project for Winten in the region. Mr Holt said he believed Kingscliff was quickly becoming an exclusive town to live in with the development of such luxury units. "The market has softened a little bit, but at Kingscliff we believe there is some movement, particularly with beachside properties and is on the way to exclusivity," he said.