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The City Council were right to go to the NRA about this. While the promise of jobs should not be an excuse to build anything and the NRA were right to point out the traffic issue, John Cleary is not a bluffer.
His City Gate complex in Mahon has some top tenants. McAffee, Big Fish Games, the VHI clinics.
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in the times were in anything thats going to keep people in the country rather than emigrating needs to be given as much backing it can get to be honest.
I think we need to be a bit careful with that attitude.
While I am generally supportive of the Mahon project, I don't think we can just approve every project on the basis of creating jobs. There was some awful rubbish inflicted on the city in the 1980s because of that argument.
Recessions pass, bad developments stick around.
Just another thing thats poped in my head, it also baffles me as to why there was no drive through restaurants put in the whole plan for the Mahon point area from the start because its simple economics, the amount of traffic that passes there everyday, not to mention the young population thats in Mahon/Blackrock anyway, they would be absolutly goldmines. It just baffles me that someone like me who has no qualifications or background in the area can see this and the so called professionals who developed this area cant, as far as i can see its a massive oversight and it seems to me that its one of those things that only seems to happen in Cork and I just cant get my head around it!
Was this a decision of the developer or was it a planning condition?
If it was a planning condition, I guess the argument was not to bring any more traffic into the area.
If it was the developer's call, the theory is likely to be that a drive-through is quite a low density usage of land. It tends to be single-storey and surrounded by a car park. If you can put a five or six storey building on the same site, the yields are going to be better.
I suspect that's also why there were no petrol stations built in the Mahon Point area.In theory it's ideal - a lot of destination traffic, just next to a heavily-used ring road - but in practice, there are more valuable things that can be done with the site.
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To persevere with such a project in the present climate was very brave.
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