Apartments planned in historic Portlaoise building

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

Apartments planned in historic Portlaoise building

A plan to turn an historic Portlaoise building into modern apartments has once again been lodged with planners.

A new application to convert the historic Maltings building in Portlaoise into 12 apartments over three floors was lodged to Laois County Council on January 15.

Applicant Holli's Corner Ltd seeks to develop The Maltings, a protected structure, by changing its use from industrial to residential and refurbishing the existing protected structure, inside and out. They want to create eight new apartments on the ground floor and first floor and add a lightweight structure at second storey level to house four new duplex apartments.

The plan includes a new metal roof and demolition of the concrete yard facing Coote Street.

The building is a former malt factory, opposite Portlaoise train station. Behind it is more development land with plans for further apartments by a separate developer.

A planning decision is due on the application in early March.

A previous application was made by the same company in 2018 but was later withdrawn.