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Wednesday, 13 June 2018
Office plan scrapped to facilitate shelved Dart Underground
Construction of a seven-storey office block in Dublin city centre has been refused permission amid fears it would “significantly compromise” the potential development of Dart Underground. This is despite the rail project having been shelved by the Government. The owners of the site on Sandwith Street, just off Pearse Street, will now face vacant-site levies of almost €100,000 next year, and more than €200,000 the following year, for failing to develop their inner-city site. Rails Investment Ltd, a Maltese-registered company, had sought permission last year to demolish a 1930s warehouse it bought in 2016 on Sandwith Street and replace it with offices. The site was designated a decade ago as one of the main stations for the €4.5 billion Dart Underground project, but Irish Rail never bought the land because, it said, it did not have government funding for the line.