Re: Re: well what about the developments popping up in the shannonside ?
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With the closure of Dunnes Stores on O Connell Street, its probably a good time to examine the future prospects of this city centre block which Limerick City Council have identifid as a “critical development opportunitiy” in their City Centre Strategy document.
Bank of Ireland are awaiting planning permission for a refurbishment of their building which involves the replacement of the existing facades and new signage. Next door the Dunnes outlet comprises 2 shabby, dilapidated buildings of very poor visual quality. At the Sarsfield Street junction stands O Sullivans pharmacy, a heavily modified 3 storey 19th century commercial building of little or no architectural merit. The only structure of any architectural interest here is the Art Deco style ACC bank dating from 1940. Incidentally ACC bank will soon be re-locating to their new headquarters on Henry Street leaving another void on this stretch of O Connell Street.
Realistically this block which is essentially the very heart of the city is in dire need of redevelopment. On the whole it consists of worthless, tired buildings of very poor quality that are unable to provide the floorspace that is required to entice big name retailers into this prime location. I know that wholesale redevelopment like this can be dangerous and that high quality design is crucial but realistically are there any other options available? Anyone got any thoughts on this?
Fordmount have a sign up on the Nevada Smyths building, which is on the Henry Street side of this block. It says “Acquired for Development”, so they obviously have designs for this area. I doubt they could extend to the opposite corner of the block though.