DEVELOPERS have gained approval to demolish the One Mile Hotel without any involvement from council.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale slammed the developers for secrecy surrounding the plans.
Cr Pisasale would not name the developers but said a Brisbane-based private certifier had issued an order for demolition of the hotel building without discussions with the council.
"The approval has been given through a private certifier without consultation with council," Cr Pisasale said.
"The council and the public have been kept in the dark by the developer.
"Council has not received any planning application for redevelopment of the site.
"All I want is the developer to talk to the people of Ipswich as to what his plans are because this is an important site."
The 1911-built two-storey hotel building is not heritage listed.
The site is one of the city's earliest hotel sites, going back to pioneering days when it was used as a place where bullock wagons rested on the road between Ipswich and the Darling Downs.
Walls from the original hotel remain concealed in the interior of the current building. In 1885, new owners took over the One Mile Hotel and rebuilt it.
Since he was first questioned on plans for the site in April, One Mile Hotel director Richard Shaw has told the QT there were "ideas, but nothing rock solid at this point in time".
Yesterday Mr Shaw downplayed any approval for demolition, saying potential developers were entitled to carry out searches.
However he said he was not privy to those plans.
Mr Shaw has confirmed they were in discussions with a party interested in buying the site but would not reveal who the prospective buyer is.
"If something is going to happen it is probably pretty close," he said.
"We are in the process of trying to sell the (site) but as for something concrete, rock solid, there is nothing. To be honest we've already had two fall off.
"Once we've got something rock solid, and to be honest we are very close, if this is going to happen, then happy days, if it is not, we're back to square one, business as usual, which it is at this point in time. The fact there is someone looking up to see if it can be demolished that doesn't mean it is definitely going to happen."
In April the One Mile closed its pokies room but the bar and bottleshops have remained open.
The One Mile Hotel employs 16 full-time and casual staff and has bottleshops at Yamanto and Brassall.
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