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Star's Ritz-Carlton in Sydney Rejected

The NSW government has rejected Star Entertainment Group’s long-held plans to develop a glittering six-star, $500 million Ritz Carlton-branded tower in Sydney


Key points:

  • NSW Govt has rejected Star's plans for Ritz Carlton-branded tower in Sydney

  • Plans were for $500 million, 220-key, 61-storey hotel

  • Govt received 83 objections from the public


The NSW government has rejected Star Entertainment Group’s long-held plans to develop a glittering six-star, $500 million Ritz Carlton-branded tower in Sydney.


The Star had proposed a 230-metre tower including a hotel which could have rivalled the $2.2bn mixed casino, apartment and hotel tower undertaken by Crown Resorts at nearby Barangaroo.


Development involved no additional gaming facilities and would have a multi-level community centre, as well as the six-star hotel brand and extensive food and beverage outlets. The tower, as submitted, would house 220 hotel rooms and 204 residential apartments.


The department received 83 objections from the public and stated that “This concept has not been subject to any strategic planning process or community consultation and does not form part of any existing or emerging government planning direction”.


“We’re extremely disappointed with the recommendation,” a Star spokesman said, adding that the gaming company is likely to fight the government’s decision.