Leigh Central will eventually include accommodation, a function centre, a seafood market and a motorhome park.
The first stage in the transformation of the old Leigh Hotel site is wrapping up, with five accommodation units opening this month.
The site, now dubbed Leigh Central, will be open to the public on November 6, from 1pm to 4pm, to let locals see the major renovation underway at the formerly derelict hotel.
Owners Alan and Jasmin Macdonald also plan to open a function centre, a seafood market and a motorhome park in the next year.
The accommodation wing of the building has been completely stripped and rebuilt in the renovation.
All the infrastructure for the site has been installed, including a major sewerage plant and stormwater field.
The next stage will involve renovating two function rooms in the former pub – one will have a capacity of about 50 people for corporate-style events, while a larger room, with views towards the Coromandel, will cater for up to 150 people.
They hope to open the smaller function room by February 2017, and the larger area by winter 2018.
The couple then plan to open a Sunday seafood market in the large carpark at the rear of the building by leveling the site and installing containers to house different stalls.
The final phase will be to create a motorhome park in the land in front of the hotel building.
“It won’t be like a camping ground. It will just be for people to stay a few nights and it will bring visitors into the centre of Leigh,” Alan says.