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Goodman's 406K SF Setanta Plan In Doubt As Planners Push Back

Desmond Kenney's 1974 mural at the Setanta Centre

Satanta was a fearless warrior, and skilled in every aspect of battle. As the Goodman family's plans for the demolition of the 123K SF Setanta Centre, Nassau Street, run into trouble with Dublin planners, those skills may turn out to be just what is needed.

Ternary Ltd proposed an eight-storey, 406K SF office development on the site of the 1970s former government offices and retail scheme. It was acquired by the family of Larry Goodman in 2003 for a reported €85M. The Setanta mural, by Desmond Kelly, is on the Tain Wall in the parking area.

Dublin Council has deferred a decision for up to six months after hearing concerns from neighbouring businesses. An official report to councillors concluded: "There are very serious concerns regarding the proposed development in the context of its overal height, scale, bulk and massing."

There were also "serious concerns" about the relocation of the Tain wall mural.

The height of the development — up from seven storeys today — is the subject of number of complaints including An Taisce, the National Trust For Ireland, which criticised "a significant increase in the scale and bulk of the development" in an "immediate and sensitive location" close to Trinity College.

The council has asked for further thought on the height of the scheme saying it would “likely have a dominant and overbearing impact on adjacent properties and the immediate streetscape”, Fora reports.

In 2016 the Goodman family reportedly pulled out of a €110M sale to an overseas investor.