The £9million hotel development project in Belfast city center will include retail units

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According to the developer, the construction of a proposed new hotel in Belfast will bring “significant economic benefits” to the city and the wider NI economy.

The proposed site is Center House, 69-87 Chichester Street, Belfast.

Center House is currently an office building on the corner of Chichester Street and Victoria Street, comprising retail units on the ground floor with offices above.

A Pre-Bid Community Consultation (PACC) indicates that the proposed hotel represents an investment of £9 million and will create 52 new jobs when the hotel is operational.

The inclusion of retail units on the ground floor of the proposed hotel is expected to give a “boost to the retail sector” and encourage more people to visit the high street and do their shopping. store purchases.

The proposed hotel is also located within walking distance of Victoria Square and CastleCourt shopping centers as well as city center entertainment venues in the Cathedral Quarter and the SSE Arena.

PACC states: “The growth of city tourism over the past decade has contributed significantly to the downtown economy and new tourism infrastructure would support its growth as a destination of choice for business and leisure tourists. .

“The final proposal and planning application will include assessments and reports relating to site-specific issues, such as potential impacts on infrastructure.

“These reports will include mitigation measures, where appropriate, to reduce or negate potential impacts.”

The proposal is for a 146-bed hotel, spread over 5 floors, with 17 additional rooms. The ground floor will remain commercial units and a restaurant with access to private closed parking.

The second floor will include bedrooms, a gym and a lounge area. The other four floors consist of bedrooms.

Belfast property developer Patrick Kearney has submitted plans for the hotel.

Mr Kearney’s Kilmona Holdings is one of Northern Ireland’s largest and most established property groups, operating in all areas of Northern Ireland property.

Founded in 1974 by Mr Patrick Kearney – who is still the sole shareholder and managing director – the group has grown over the past 40 years from an office building to over 100 properties in the commercial property sectors, office, industrial, leisure and residential. in NI.

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