Plans to turn former pub into a restaurant

first_img Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Plans to turn former pub into a restaurant Pinterest The former Portlaoise Arms is to be turned into a restaurant Plans have been launched to turn an iconic Portlaoise pub into a restaurant.The Portlaoise Arms, which closed for business in 2008, has remained vacant for a decade.But now, John and Edward Fennelly have applied for planning permission to transform the building at 6 Market Square in Portlaoise. Twitter Facebook TAGSPortlaoise Armsrestaurant WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Previous articleLaois celebrity gives candid interview after tumultuous yearNext articleCouncil housing staff subjected to “outrageous” antisocial behaviour Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Twittercenter_img Council WhatsApp Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 8th May 2018 Rugby Community They wish to turn it into a restaurant which would bring significant foot traffic to that area of Portlaoise.Property Properly are the letting agents for the building and they describe it as ‘high profile commercial building located at the top of main street along side a key commuter road to the M7, just five minutes walk from the train station,and directly opposite the taxi rank.“The property extends to 3250 ft /301 m which was rejuvenated and redeveloped in the past few years offers many opportunities in a town which is experiencing rapid recovery from the economic down turn and is one of a hand full of commercial spaces that offers full ready to go planning permission for a restaurant.“This is an ideal opportunity for an individual with entrepreneurial spirit to establish an original venue and transform the space into a modern much needed retail destination.“The building is currently a commercial shell with a architectural modern design and offers an ideal site for high profile branding in a high volume commuter location.”The former Portlaoise Arms building is just up from the Square Bar which has recently changed hands.SEE ALSO – Laois country house rules itself out to host ‘sex party’ as mystery continues Home News Plans to turn former pub into a restaurant Newslast_img read more

Measure allows ‘reliable’ hearsay when determining restitution

first_img Sen. Gayle HarrellCrime victims seeking restitution will have an easier time setting values on stolen or damaged property under a bill heading to the governor’s desk.The House passed SB 354 114-1 on April 27, without any discussion. It cleared the Senate 40-0 on April 1. It was sponsored by Sen. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, in the Senate and Rep. Jim Mooney, R-Islamorada, in the House.The bill allows victims to present “reliable” hearsay sources when judges are determining amounts in restitution orders as part of a sentence.The Fourth District Court of Appeal had recommended the Legislature address the issue, and 15th Circuit State Attorney Dave Aronberg passed that along to lawmakers.In setting values on stolen or damaged property, judges must consider the original market costs, how the item was used, the item’s condition, and depreciation.That can be difficult to prove for some property and may require the use of experts.“Courts have not allowed relatively reliable forms of hearsay in submitting evidence on what the true value of something is; things such as the ‘Kelly Blue Book’ we all use in determining the value of cars. That is hearsay and therefore not admissible in court,” Harrell said at a Senate committee meeting in February. “The court remains as the gatekeeper to protect the rights of the defendant as well as the victim, and is not required to consider any evidence not found to be reliable.”If signed by the governor, the bill becomes effective July 1. Measure allows ‘reliable’ hearsay when determining restitution Apr 29, 2021 Top Storieslast_img read more

Brooklyn developer duo hit with foreclosure lawsuit

first_img Email Address* Brunner and Mandel are known together as Bruman Realty, one of the biggest landlords in Brooklyn. Most recently, the firm reportedly sold a portfolio of about 1,275 residential rental units to KKR and Dalan Management for around $860 million.Brunner is named in the suit for his role as principal of Morgan BMB, and Mandel as guarantor of payments. Their co-defendants include Joseph Tabak and Toby Mandel.Stephen Meister, an attorney for 121 Morgan Holdings, said in a statement that the lawsuit is an “outrage.” He claims it stems from Benefit Street’s displeasure over the borrowers’ refinancing of another mortgage held by the firm, though he declined to specify which one.The Real Deal previously reported that Brunner’s Bruman Realty secured a $130 million refinancing deal with Starwood Mortgage Capital for a large multifamily development at 871 Bushwick Avenue, consolidating multiple loans, including ones from Benefit Street.Ethan Kobre, an attorney for Benefit Street, and representatives for the firm itself did not respond to a request for comment. But in the absence of a response in court from the developers, Kobre filed a new motion on Sept. 27, seeking a default judgement to resolve the case in favor of Benefit Street.The court filing said that the developers agreed to a July 1, 2019, “completion date” for “Phase I” improvements to the Morgan Avenue building, which has been marketed as a “high-end retail space,” according to listing websites.After failing to meet the initial deadline, the developers asked for an extension, which Benefit Street granted. But, the lawsuit alleges, they again failed to meet multiple deadlines, and the lender ultimately offered to push back the minimum interest payment date and loan maturity date as long as the borrowers agreed to “certain provisions,” although those were not specified. The borrowers refused to accept the offer, leading to the ongoing dispute.When Benefit Street notified the defendants of their various defaults, the borrower “essentially thumbed their nose at” the lender, “vowing to exploit the upheaval created by the Covid-19 pandemic to continue their defaults” even though they missed completion deadlines even before the pandemic, according to the lawsuit.Kobre, Benefit Street’s lawyer, wrote in the filing that the lender made accommodations for the borrowers based on their reputation as “respectable and sophisticated real estate owners and developers” but was “rewarded” by “multiple willful defaults.”Meister disagreed with that characterization of what happened, and said borrowers in June requested that Benefit Street issue a payoff letter so they could pay back the mortgages in full through refinancing. He claimed that Benefit Street wanted to charge more interest than the loan agreement called for in retaliation for not getting more deals from the developers.“We believe the court will see Benefit Street’s actions for what they are — reprehensible, vindictive, predatory, and illegal,” Meister said. “They won’t take what they are owed.”Benefit Street was also recently involved in a legal dispute over the Williamsburg Hotel. After Toby Moskovits’ Heritage Equity Partners defaulted on a $68 million loan from Benefit Street, the hotel was placed in receivership.CORRECTION: A previous version of this article identified Joseph Tabak and Toby Mandel as co-plaintiffs in the lawsuit. They are co-defendants, along with Joseph Brunner and Abe Mandel. Contact Akiko Matsuda Message* Full Name*center_img This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now A rendering of 121 Morgan Avenue in Bushwick and Benefit Street Partners’ managing director Micah Goodman (Photos via EXR; Benefit Street Partners)UPDATE, Sept. 30 2020, 2 p.m.: Brooklyn developers Joseph Brunner and Abe Mandel are caught in a foreclosure lawsuit involving close to $20 million in mortgages for a Bushwick building.The lender, Benefit Street Partners Realty, charged in a suit filed in New York State Supreme Court that the developers, operating as 121 Morgan Holdings and Morgan BMB, defaulted on three mortgages totaling $19.75 million. The developers also allegedly failed to meet multiple deadlines to complete improvements to the former manufacturing facility at 121 Morgan Avenue.“This is a mortgage foreclosure action brought by a lender that has bent over backwards — time and again — to accommodate a defaulting borrower that has opted to look a gift horse in the mouth,” court documents read.Read moreKKR teams up with Dalan on big Brooklyn multifamily buyJoseph Brunner lands refi for massive Bushwick rentalToby Moskovits’ Williamsburg Hotel is headed for receivership following $68M loan defaultlast_img read more