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Crescent Shopping Centre to expand (Limerick Post)

By John O’Shaughnessy

Overtures to demolish and relocate Omniplex Cinemas turned down.

Road realignment planned.

A MULTI-MILLION euro extension is planned for the Crescent Shopping Centre, which, if granted, will accommodate not only a free standing Marks & Spencer, but the creation of a new street, nine additional units, an increase in car parking spaces, as well as replacement of the existing roundabout at St Nessan’s Road and Dooradoyle Road.

The Limerick Post has also learned that overtures made to the owners of the Omniplex Cinemas to relocate to another site in the area, to allow for demolition of their existing building to facilitate the proposed new development, were turned down.

Said one local auctioneer. “This planning application submitted to Limerick County Council is of major significance and will enhance the Crescent’s image as one of the most attractive shopping centres in the country. It will really transform that side of the city, adding a whole new dimension”.
The application, in the names of Stapleyside Company Ltd. and Derenburg, is for:

1: A new free-standing three storey anchor retail unit/department store accommodating approx 10,338 sq m of gross floor area on the existing surface car park to the southeast of the site opposite the Garryowen entrance to the Crescent Centre.

2: A new landscaped street between the anchor retail unit/department store and the existing Crescent Shopping Centre, which shall be predominantly pedestrian with restricted vehicular access.

3: A multi-storey car park (7 no storeys) over basement level providing
881 no additional car parking spaces.

4: Nine own door mixed use units located along the north side of the new street, directly facing the anchor retail/apartment store, and adjoining phase three of the existing Crescent Shopping Centre and the proposed multi-storey car park.

5:An extension of the existing basement car park beneath phase two and three, and extending under the proposed element detailed above, containing 407 car parking spaces and a new ramp exit onto the internal distributor road.

6. Temporary car park areas to the eastern corner of the site/adjacent to Mungret rail line (80 spaces) and southwest of the site, adjacent to the Dooradoyle entrance to the site (56 spaces). Both areas will be returned to passive landscape use on completion.

7:All associated site works, including advertising, signage and landscaping, and two additional ESB substations located within the service yard to anchor retail unit/department store.

The proposed development with a total gross floor area of 52,498 sq m., will take place on a site of c 4.7 hectares in area which forms part of an overall combined land holding of both applicants of 13.8 ha in area to the soutwest of the Mungret rail line.

The Crescent Shopping Centre is within Dooradoyle designated main retail centre which also includes County Hall.

The proposed development, taken in conjuntion with the existing Crescent Centre (32,100 sq.m), will result in a total 44,171 sq meres gross floor area at this location, and an increase in car parking from 2,330 to 2,860 car parking spaces.

There is also to be a reconfiguration of internal vehicular circulation routes within the Crescent Shopping Centre, and an additional fourth arm at the roundabout providing access to the centre, with a new bus stop on Dooradoyle Road.

A quick glance at a map of the area and it would reveal the woeful planning mistakes of the Limerick County Council and the NRA. Especially the link road between the old N20 St Nessan’s Road and the new N20 Dual-Carriageway as this runs in part right through a housing estate!

In my opinion this link road won’t be able to cope with future traffic volumes. I’m sure the original intention for this road was to serve only the local needs of the vast sprawling Raheen housing estates.

If the Crescent Shopping succeeds in its ambition of becoming one of the top shopping centres in the country, then it won’t have any problems in filling it’s 2,860 car parking spaces. Coupled with the traffic needs for the County Council Offices and the 1.000 student Crescent school next door.

I would not be surprised if this link road will be the preferred route for cars exiting from the N20 dual carriageway to enter the city centre. Especially as the Childers Road Link is to be curtailed and the Dock Road Junction option just adds a few more kilometres onto the journey.

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