The development proposal for James Street Baptist Church has passed the first hurdle.
The city’s Heritage Review sub-committee has approved the demolition of part of the 135-year-old church.
Sub-committee chair Michael Adkins says the plan is to preserve part of the building behind glass.
However, the sub-committe imposed a number of conditions.
The east tower of the church must be preserved, and it cannot be impacted by the new building.
Aand if the developer has not obtained a building permit by December 31, 2014 it would have to apply for a new demolition permit.