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In light of the many press articles and recent statistics – a number of Cork developers are apparently discussing options to invest in a landmark structure that will make Cork city centre stand-out at an international level and hopefully encourage tourist activity in the future. Though this is all pie-in-the-sky, one or two proposals centre around the construction of a landmark 40m high monument – most likely a statue commemorating Cork’s history and rebel spirit. A number of city centre sites have been sussed out but no proposals have yet been made to CCC. The monument, in the words of one developer, ”will have people laughing at the Spire in Dublin, walking away from the Eye in London and comparing it to that of the Statue of Liberty or Sydney Opera House”. (ahem!) The idea is that subsequent and related tourist and service activities will benefit strategically from this non-profit (direct profit) venture. It would be interesting to see how CCC react to such a proposal. I’ll wait anxiously to see some drawings – but it’s an interesting, if not, far-out idea. But maybe its that sort of thinking the city centre could do with more often.


๐Ÿ™‚ For those of you who have waited patiently on an announcement for Ballincollig Town Centre SC tenants (an original announcement was due in July 2004), fear not – O’Flynn Construction have confirmed an article in the Irish Independent that their 18,000sq m + shopping centre development at BTC, with 3 anchor store units, 13-street front stores and 23 internal store units – has secured anchors for the 2 larger units, plus a number of other exciting retaillers for smaller units. O’Flynn Construction said they will formally announced the main anchor tenant shortly, followed by the second anchor (after some conditions had been ironed out).

๐Ÿ™‚ After the announcement that Argos Extra, Atlantic Homecare and Lifestyle Sports would occupy the new Blackpool Park development – developers the Shipton Group, 2 further deals have been struck with major retaillers for 2 additional units. The details of these will be announced in the coming weeks also. Reel Cinemas are currently fitting out the 7-screen multiplex at Blackpool Park at a cost of 6m euro.

๐Ÿ™‚ The new EastGate Retail Park on Little Island, developed by O’Flynn Construction, has announced that its motor-mall element of 6 dealerships – will be anchored by a Renault Dealership.

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