jdivision wrote:Presuming An Post owns the building, I'm sure they'd be interested in taking a unit in the new centre plus a sizeable cash payment in return for the building, subject to planning. Think O'Donovan would be happy to do that too.
- I certainly agree that inclusion of the Grand Parade post-office would be an considered addition to what is already amounting to be a landmark site. I am not aware if Mr. O'Donovan has or has not acquired the building in question, however, as far as I know - it is in private ownership, feel free to correct me if anyone has more insightful knowledge into that matter. One has to hand it to Mr. O'Donovan, he has been resilient and determined in his acquisitions and it has opened the prospect of a noteworthy project. What is known: Mr. O'Donovan has acquired sites at the Capitol Cineplex (which fronts Grand Parade and backs out onto Market Lane) from Mount Kennett Investments & John Costello for approx. €]
*Apologies, if I excluded 57 Patrick's Street in the image above*
It would be nice to see the Central Shoe Stores frontage retained, along with the frontages onto Patrick's Street - with contemporary build encompassing the remainder of the site. Speculation has it that the scheme will contain a department store element to avail of a number of prospective parties understood to be circling options on the Cork market.
Cork Metropolitan Rail Service
Interestingly in the EIS for the Midelton-Glounthane line is Cork County Council's proposed network of commuter and suburban rail services for the Metropolitan Cork area by 2020. It will be interesting to see if these materialise in such dynamic form. I, personally, remain a firm believer in strategy which reduces dependcies on vehicular traffic and in the provision of an efficient, clean and accessible public transport system within major urban areas. With Cork county population, under M1F2 scenario CSO projections (April 2005) for 2020/1 estimated to be well over 600,000 (where this figured is derived from the subtraction of Kerry population figure inclusion and represents a loose
estimate) - surely such a system is warranted. The ability to deliver is questionable.
The first image is Cork County Council's own proposal for such a system:
The 2nd is a possible alternative option I have simply messed about with:
The primary variations here are related to the West Cork line - where the Macroom line originates at a city centre/south docklands station and proceeds along the South City Link to Black Ash P&R before skewing west toward Bishopstown/Wilton (where it goes underground) until it reaches the proposed Bandon Roundabout P&R - here, the line is divided heading west (blue) along the Ballincollig By-Pass to Ballincollig and Macroom, and south toward Bandon (grey).
From Black Ash, a line heading South via Cork Airport to Kinsale may also be provided (green)
Furthermore, the Docklands line (pink in the 2nd option) should utilise the existing corridor heading east and south east, currently serving as a walkway, toward Mahon Point/Jacob's Island, and head south across the Douglas Estuary serving Rochestown/Douglas (possible undergound), Grange, Donnybrook, Carrigaline and Ringaskiddy (it is my view this line is perhaps among the most important after the Midelton Line to implement - not only would it aim to serve the relocated Port of Cork facilities at Ringaskiddy, but also Carrigaline as Ireland's most car dependent commuter town).
The idea here is to utilise as many existing corridors as possible with the minimal amount of infastructural and visual disruption.