A major development which could see a former Dundee whisky bottling plant replaced with dozens of homes has been unveiled.
Stewart House, the former Stewart’s Cream of the Barley plant at Kingsway East, could be demolished and replaced with 90 houses under plans by Persimmon Homes and site owner Bruce Linton.
The properties, would be “in the typical Persimmon price range”, according to developers, putting a potential value on the proposals of more than £10 million.
The site sits directly across from Kingsway East fire station and is bordered by homes on two sides.
It’s next to an area of land which is the subject of plans for a new Lidl supermarket and Costa coffee outlet.
In a notice sent to residents, Mr Linton said Stewart House was now “all but vacant” and that issues with the building’s structure meant the time had come to redevelop the site.
Iain Innes, managing director at Persimmon Homes North Scotland, said: “We recognise that the demand for family homes is particularly high in Dundee and have had firsthand experience of the popularity among homebuyers keen to remain in the city at our previous developments.
“The redevelopment of the now vacant Stewarts Building has the potential to offer around 90 family homes ranging from two-bedroom terraces to four-bedroom detached houses.”
A proposal of application notice has been logged with the council over the proposals, with more detailed plans set to follow at a later stage. The developers also hope to hold a public consultation on the development.
In 2012, plans to redevelop the Stewart House site with social housing fell flat. An application was made for 57 homes by James Keiller Estates Ltd, which drew some concerns from residents about parking and traffic.
However, locals said they would keep an open mind about the proposals — at least until more detailed plans were available.
Jane Reekie, 67, of Kingsway East — who has lived near the site for 25 years — said: “There have been proposals here before for social housing where they wanted to put about 100 houses in — I would have had 10 at the back of mine. It was too much.”
She said she’d have no objections if the plans included affordable housing, adding: “I understand there’s a need for more housing.”
Eileen Mackay, 70, a resident on Kingsway for 30 years, also said she would wait to see the proposals take shape, but added that she wouldn’t like to see too much built on the site.
She said: “I would like to see plans before I make up my mind.
“I wouldn’t like to see the site overdeveloped — if there was a nice, level number of houses I wouldn’t be upset. I would hope it is single-storey houses.”