Wern't they going for 23 storeys at first? As far as l remember it was taken down in height not because a high building was deemed innapropriate for the area but because the chimney was already the established landmark of Smithfield and it would have been taller than that.GregF wrote:I like the Fusano properties development. I remember all the hoo-haa about the proposal when it was first mooted and the objections to the tower.
Devin wrote:Wern't they going for 23 storeys at first? As far as l remember it was taken down in height not because a high building was deemed innapropriate for the area but because the chimney was already the established landmark of Smithfield and it would have been taller than that.
That planning app was approved by DCC but has just been refused by ABP: http://www.pleanala.ie/data1/searchdetails.asp?id=3270769&caseno=215643jdivision wrote:Re: The side of Smithfield opposite Smithfield Markets, there is planning application in (not sure if it's been approved or not) to significantly increase the scale on that side of the street - particularly at Chief O'Neills which frankly is a hole.
Revamped Smithfield 'becoming ghost town' after businesses shut
Colin O'Riordan/ Evening Herald
Smithfield is in danger of becoming a "ghost town" due to the number of businesses closing down, a councillor has warned.
Last year, the much acclaimed Lighthouse Cinema opened its doors in the area. A science museum and a bookies also opened up, while the Motor Tax office relocated there.
Thomas Read closed its doors in the area as its parent group, which owns a chain of pubs and restaurants throughout the city, struggles to survive.
A new Spar supermarket recently shut down, just four weeks after it opened. Another convenience store has also shut its doors. However, the Fresh supermarket still appears to be thriving in the area.
Last week, a case came to the Commercial Court concerning a legal action for re-possession of a â‚¬10m property in the area, following allegations of non-payment of rent.
The sub-tenants of the company being sued -- Redquartz Smithfield Ltd -- are the Lighthouse Cinema and Fresh supermarket,
Cllr Burke said the Smithfield Horse Market was hurting the area, but there was little that Dublin City Council could do about it, thanks to ancient city laws.
Councillors, the DSPCA and a number of parties have hit out at the market.
"Dublin City Council's hands are tied in relation to this, due to an ancient law," Cllr Burke said.
"We need the support of the Government -- a change of legislation is required."
jdivision wrote:They had rental agreements in place on a number of the units. However, the retailers are refusing to move in as the units are double height and they don't want to pay the additional costs such as heating that involves. The developers went back and tried to put mezzanines or convert the top half into offices making the units single storey but DCC in their wisdom said no. So now the units are empty and with the downturn many of those who had agreed to open are probably reassessing their options.
jdivision wrote:There's a whole swathe of empty retail units around the city that have been unoccupied for years.