CHICAGO BUILDING: Plans to turn city centre building into flats set for approval
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Plans to turn the upper floor of a Liverpool city centre building into apartments are set to be approved by the council.
The proposals for the Chicago Building, on Whitechapel, will go before the council’s planning committee next Tuesday and are the latest in a series of applications to turn buildings in the heart of Liverpool’s retail areas into homes.
The ground floor of the building currently houses Black’s, but proposals from Sara and Hossein Asset Holdings would see the upper floors converted into 24 apartments.
A report submitted to councillors said the homes would be comprised of one and two bed apartments as well as studios
The report said: “The proposed apartments would be located around a new atrium (starting at 2nd floor level) and would be primarily accessed from an existing entrance off Whitechapel comprising a lift and new staircase, and secondarily from an existing entrance off Stanley Street up a staircase.
“The existing retail units at ground floor level would remain unaffected.”
Recent months have also seen proposals to convert the upper floors of buildings on Church Street and Ranelagh Street into homes.
New legislation means it is now easier for developers to convert former office space into homes but the practice has proved controversial, with some developments criticised for their size and quality.
Liverpool Council’s planning committee will make a decision on the plans next Tuesday.
Words: Nick Tyrrell, Local Democracy Reporter
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