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Frith Building (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

New plans to add four storeys of residential units to a Front Street building have been submitted in the wake of the rejection of a previous proposal.

A recent planning application put forward the creation of 13 residential units at the Frith Building at 57 Front Street.

Architectural drawings included in the application stated that the existing three-storey building, which contains retail space on Front Street and Reid Street, would remain.

However, the application proposed an additional four storeys be built on top of the Reid Street side of the building.

The upper floors would contain a combination of four studio apartments, six single-bedroom apartments, a two-bedroom apartment and two three-bedroom units, including the penthouse.

An architectural rendering of plans to expand the Frith Building (Image from planning documents)

The proposal was similar to an earlier application, which also suggested adding four additional storeys to the building to house 13 residential units.

However, the proposal was rejected by the Development Applications Board in 2021.

In a report recommending that the application be refused, a technical officer said the Department of Planning generally supported mixed-use developments — but the developers failed to demonstrate that the project would not result in traffic congestion and road safety problems.

The report also found that while the proposal complied with height restrictions, the developer had not shown that the building would not interfere with the “visual dominance” of the cathedral on the skyline.

An architectural rendering of plans to expand the Frith Building (Image from planning documents)

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Published April 13, 2024 at 7:40 am (Updated April 13, 2024 at 6:59 am)

Residential expansion proposed for Front Street building

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