Re: Article in Today’s limerick leader
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Thought this would be worth bringing to everyone’s attention, hopefully we’ll get to see the plans soon.
Arthurs Quay to Debenhams to be demolished
By ANNE SHERIDAN
DRAMATIC plans to demolish the Arthurs Quay complex and a number of buildings Sarsfield Street and O’Connell Street are expected to be discussed at Limerick City Council’s planning meeting later today.
Developer Michael Tiernan is also planning to knock Dunnes Stores, Penney’s, Burger King, Tim Martin’s pub, Permanent TSB, Sarsfield House and Debenhams, for the development of a major mixed retail development on the same site.
Speaking to the Limerick Leader, Mr Tiernan, said he made the submission in response to a City Council issues paper and is currently awaiting feedback from the planners.
“Until they publish the draft city-centre strategy I can’t comment on the finer details of the plans,” said Mr Tiernan. However, city councillors say the development will transform the city centre.
Existing businesses are expected to be accommodated in the new enterprise, a 2,000 unit underground car park will be provided, and Arthurs Quay park will be remodelled and incorporated into the development.
Cllr Joe Leddin said he became aware of Mr Tiernan’s plans during his term as Mayor of Limerick last year and intends to support his plans.
“There is a general consensus among all owners of the need to demolish those buildings, which are probably outdated and don’t serve any purpose, and have larger retail units. It will also work in harmony with the Opera Centre when it is built,” said Cllr Leddin.
He said he believes the development will receive a positive reaction from councillors later today, when it will be raised under the city centre’s strategic report.
Cllr Jim Long is also supportive of the development, as he believes will lead to a complete regeneration of the city centre. “I’ve seen the sketches and like what I see. I understand that the plans will include a riverside walkway and three social amenity areas,” said Cllr Long.
Cllr Kevin Kiely said he would welcome any development in that area, but as the development is at the early stage of planning, he did not wish to comment further.
It is understood that the planning application will be lodged with the City Council in early January.
Mr Tiernan, who was recently appointed by the Government to the Northside Regeneration Board, has been named Limerick’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year for 2007 and is a founder member of Limerick Enterprise Network.
22 October 2007