Re: Re: A new Clarence Hotel re-development with destruction on Essex St., Temple Bar
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Makeover plans for U2 hotel on ice as Council raises questions
The Irish Independent
U2’s plans to turn the Clarence into “the most spectacular hotel in Europe” are on hold, after council officials issued a deadline to the supergroup to respond to a lengthy list of questions about the project. Dublin City Council’s planning department says the status of the planning application is currently dormant, as it awaits a response from the owners, due before the end of September. Bono and The Edge, who own the hotel in trendy Temple Bar in Dublin, want to take over the five protected structure buildings adjoining the Clarence and to erect a spaceship-like glass dome ‘skycatcher’ building on the top in a €150m revamp. It would quadruple the size of the hotel, transforming it into the biggest in the city, visible from both north and south of the Liffey. The department has written to the hotel owners, the Clarence Partnership, requesting answers to what it describes as 18 key questions.