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New building planned for Pitts Bay Road

A new residential building and gym facility could be erected in a Hamilton parking lot, according to a planning application.

The application, submitted by West Hamilton Ltd and received by the Planning Department last week, proposes the construction of a new building at 69 and 71 Pitts Bay Road.

Harrichand Sukdeo of West Hamilton Ltd said the building would stand adjacent to the planned Belvedere Building earmarked for the former Bakery Building site.

While he said the Belvedere Place project, announced in 2006, is currently on hold due to the overabundance of office space in Hamilton, he said he believes there is a market for the type of residential units proposed in the new application.

“Currently there is still more than enough office space in the area,” he said. “Until that surplus is used, it wouldn't make very good sense, but we believe there is a need for the type of residential units being included in the application.”

According to the application, the proposed building would feature a fitness centre on the ground floor and basement with two squash courts along with gym equipment and changing room facilities.

The next four floors would each contain two two-bedroom units and a one-bedroom unit, while the fifth floor would have a roof terrace.

The application notes the plan infringes on the required 15ft setback from a residential property on the eastern side due to the placement of fire stairs, but Lisa Marie Master of Botelho Wood Architects wrote in the application: “We feel that the constraints of the site justify this infringement.”

She also noted that the proposal includes rock cuts into an area to the north of the site which was designated nature reserve in the Bermuda Plan 2008, but states that there are discrepancies between the Plan and recent surveys as to where the border of the reserve is and only a small portion of the land in question has vegetation.

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Published September 14, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 19, 2013 at 12:40 am)

New building planned for Pitts Bay Road

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