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Saturday 17 November 2018

Eir objects to nine-storey hotel on site of former theatre

The plan, on the site of the old Andrews Lane Theatre, is for a luxury hotel aimed at professionals
The plan, on the site of the old Andrews Lane Theatre, is for a luxury hotel aimed at professionals

Gordon Deegan

Eir and other objectors have sought to block plans for a €21m nine-storey hotel on the site of the former Andrews Lane Theatre near Dame Street in central Dublin.

The telecommunications company lodged an appeal to An Bord Pleanála against Dublin City Council's decision to give the green light to the 155-bedroom hotel.

Appalachian Property Holdings' planned development would involve the demolition of the former theatre. Others to appeal include the owners of the building that houses nearby Pichet restaurant and local property owner Brian Rutledge.

Appalachian was set up in April of last year and its directors are Neville O'Boyle and Mark Butler who own KeyWaste, one of the country's leading waste management groups.

In support of the application, Fáilte Ireland made a submission with the City Council, saying there is a major threat to the future of tourism in Dublin with the acute shortage of hotel bedrooms in the city centre.

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Consultants for Appalachian state that the proposal will be a "compact luxury hotel" aimed at the young professional traveller.

The planned hotel rooms are to be of a reduced size with no food and beverage facilities on site, with room rates of 75pc to 80pc of normal room rates.

The City Council gave the plan the go-ahead only after ruling that a middle floor be omitted.

However, Appalachian has also appealed the City Council decision ordering the removal of a middle floor, stating that it will result in the loss of 19 hotel bedrooms.

The firm argues that the loss of the hotel rooms has "serious implications" for its viability.

In its appeal, consultants for Eir say that the company has no objection in principle to the redevelopment of the site.

Eir operates a telecoms exchange centre opposite and it claims that the plan has the potential to significantly impact the development potential of the adjoining developable lands.

Irish Independent

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