Ho-room next to showroom

A CHINDERAH brothel, the scene of a murder a decade ago, will soon be neighbour to a new industrial unit and showroom premises.

The Sanctum, which is also once again up for lease, was the scene of owner Victor Elliot's death in May 2000.

DJ Stringer estate agent James Shugg admitted it might be difficult to sell the industrial units and street-front showrooms to some businesses.

“I think it will put some people off, even though most of the business done at the brothel is after hours,” Mr Shugg said.

“The way I see it is as extra security for other local business. No-one is going to rob a factory when the brothel has security and is open throughout the night next door.

“It will be fenced off from the development completely. It's also on a different strata.”

The developer application has already been approved for the commercial units.

Mr Shugg said the Sanctum only took up a third of the land available.

Plans drawn up show 15 light industrial units and four street-front showroom units for the development, named Connections.

The name comes from the development's close proximity to the Pacific Highway and the Tweed Coast Road, which connects the area to Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads and coastal villages.

The Coolangatta-based real estate company has been advertising for small business owners, investors and light industrial manufacturing companies.

Sizes range from 90sq m. Prices start from $180,000

The Sanctum has five bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, extra bathrooms and toilets, a customer lounge and other rooms.

Mr Shugg said the brothel run on the premises decided not to renew the lease.

He said the Sanctum owner would also consider to selling the palatial building for $1.65 million.

Mr Elliot was gunned down by former soldiers Mike Grupe and Jayal Utz with a .22 handgun and AK-47 rifles on May 26, 2000.

Besides owning the Sanctum, he was also chief radiographer at Tweed Hospital at the time.

Daniel Clayton Scott was committed to stand trial in relation to the killing of Mr Elliot in Lismore Local Court last year. The trial will be held later this year.

He is accused of inciting the killers.

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