A DEVELOPMENT application for The Northern Daily Leader’s old building at the corner of Brisbane and Marius streets has been approved.
Tamworth Regional Council signed off on the plans late last month, meaning Lionheart Property Development has the go-ahead for a $1 million refit with new residential apartments, offices, and a basement wine bar and restaurant.
Mark, Peter and Hala Sleiman bought the property, as the directors of Lionheart, in mid-2016.
Stage one of the works will include alterations to the fourth level and the addition of a fifth level for residential apartments. The plan for the second and third floors is for commercial space.
Stage one also includes the addition of a lift shaft, creation of a common foyer and upgrades to fire and emergency provisions.
Stage two will see the north-western side of the building separated out and refurbished, and the basement – once the press site – become a restaurant and wine bar.
The Leader has sought comment from Mark Sleiman about when works will start.