Renovation of Hotel Central dogged by delays

The owner of Hotel Central has missed the deadline for commencing renovation work on the property, according to information provided to Business Daily by the Land, Public Works, and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT).
DSSOPT explained that after it issued a repair and maintenance work permit to the owner of the project – which permits the beginning of repair works – the hotel owner ‘did not submit any request to start the work’ proper.
The lack of action on the part of Hotel Central’s proprietor resulted in the expiration of the permit, according to information provided by DSSOPT.
On the other hand, the Bureau added that the owner has ‘recently submitted … a draft for requesting modification to the property,’ which the authorities claim will be handled accordingly.
Previously, Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) informed Business Daily that the hotel’s status remained as ‘suspension of business.’
In early October, the tourism agency outlined that it had received the ‘application for change of facilities’ from the property owner, while adding that it was ‘waiting for the applicant to follow up with the amendments required to be made on its application,’ without however clarifying what these amendments consisted of upon further enquiries from us.
The 89-year old building located on Avenida Almeida Ribeiro was bought by a consortium in early 2016, with the new owners announcing they were planning to renovate the facilities and re-open the location as a hotel in time for the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Macau SAR, in 2019.
The property is considered one of the architectural cornerstones of the complexes and sites in that area, in the vicinity of Senado Square, according to the Cultural Heritage Protection Law.