FRom the Indo - Looks like Eglinton St tower got no objections!
Cork's skyline - dominated for 70 years by the famous green dome of the City Hall - is to be changed forever by a 17-storey tower block that is to be built alongside it.
Developers unveiled plans for the €150m luxury apartment complex yesterday, modestly proclaiming it Ireland's "most desirable new address".
The plans for the 71-metre high building, which are backed by multimillionaire developer Michael O'Flynn, aim to transform an entire portion of the city. Perhaps surprisingly for the Rebel County, there have been no objections to the development, despite the impact it will have on the appearance of the city centre. Set in three acres, the complex will have 211 apartments with secure parking, as well as ground-floor shops, pubs and restaurants. Its centrepiece, the 17-storey tower, will overtake the County Hall as the city's highest building and will be among the tallest in the country.
The developers claim that the penthouses will offer "unrivalled" views of the city centre and quays.
The brochure proudly describes the complex as "a tranquil living environment of trees and water features in the central garden square, all surrounded by the most beautiful apartments in Ireland".
The Elysian will be just minutes from Cork's South Mall financial district and the city centre. It is also expected to prove a lynchpin of the city's looming dockland redevelopment.
Trish Stokes of selling agents Sherry Fitzgerald said the development was attracting great interest among would-be buyers seeking "a special cosmopolitan setting in keeping with that available in other modern European cities."
Construction has begun and, although building is scheduled to be completed in 2008, the agents believe the apartments will be sold out long before then.
More information is available on http://www.theelysian.ie