Re: Re: well what about the developments popping up in the shannonside ?
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@Limerick Guy wrote:
its in the process of being knocked
Ya, for some reason they’re being very careful and are removing it in phases, if ever there was was a candidate for bringing back the wrecking ball, this was it!, well at least its had its day now and we can look forward to something a lot more positive filling what is a really important location just off the shannon bridge, in place of munchins house,is a 9/10 storey block housing 100 apartments, a leisure centre, retail units and possibly another restaurant/bar, its scheduled to be completed by late 2006/early 2007. We should also be hearing about plans for the former esb premises next door early in the new year, the bank of scotland now own the property.
Difficult to know what to make of the patrick st/ellen st/denmark st plan, unfortunately it looks like its going to be a large shopping centre as opposed to a redevelopment of the streets named,these city centre complexes have a pretty poor record and more often than not turn out to be a bit of a let down, eg arthurs quay,merchants quay, i dont think anyone can say that arthurs quay has been a success, i think they’ve paid for a serious lack of ambition in a prime city centre location. I think it would be much more beneficial for the city if the ellen st,michael st were developed into proper shopping streets, it would make sense as it would be a natural extension of the cruises street area, nobody wants another bland, soul-less shopping centre, the city centre is supposed to offer something different,something more atmospheric and enjoyable, we dont want a replica of the crescent right in the miidle of town! One welcome aspect of it all is that the national irish bank building at the corner of o connell st and denmark street is to be demolished, no harm in that, late 60s/early 70s office block need i say anymore!
As usual Its hard to find any detailed plans of the development, the info on the city council website is very vague, looks like we’ll just have to wait for the official announcement!
€200m shopping centre boost for city
By Jimmy Woulfe, Mid-West Correspondent
LIMERICK is set to play host to a €200 million shopping centre that will be one of the biggest city-centre complexes in the country.
Plans for the eight-acre retail complex have been lodged with Limerick City Council by a Belfast developer.
When the centre opens in two years’ time, pending planning permission, it will employ more than 1,000 staff in a shopping area covering 300,000sq ft.
Belfast company Regeneration Developments Ltd, headed by Indian businessman Suneil Sharma, is behind the project.
Mr Sharma was involved in the development of the massive retail centre recently opened in Childer’s Road.
Limerick auctioneers Rooney’s has been working with Mr Sharma in acquiring a vast tract of city centre property.
Pat Kearney, who heads Rooney’s, said: “We have taken options on properties in Rutland St, Patrick St, Ellen St, Michael St and Bank Place.
“This will be a fantastic boost to the city centre and give Limerick a new shopping focus. The complex will be built on four floors and will feature a glass covered foot bridge connecting Ellen St and Dominic St.”
Mr Kearney said he got Mr Sharma interested in Limerick and assembled the property needed for the site of the complex.
He said: “I have spent the last three years putting this together and in that time I have dealt with more than 35 property owners, landlords and tenants.”
Brian Lambe of Dublin firm Lafferty Design, which will manage the project, said: “This project is a very exciting challenge as it will involve conservation of some old buildings as well.”
Lafferty Design has been involved in the €1 billion Dundrum shopping centre development in Dublin.
Mr Lambe said the firm hopes to move in on site late next year and construction will take about two years to complete.
One of the buildings the company has taken an option on is the Patrick St birthplace of internationally acclaimed opera singer Catherine Hayes.
Mr Kearney said that as part of the overall development they intend to restore this building and hand it over to Limerick Civic Trust.
Planning notices were published yesterday and will be lodged with Limerick City Council in the coming days.
Mr Kearney said the development would help Limerick city centre shopping, which has suffered in recent years due to the development of new and existing centres in the suburbs.
A spokesman for the developer did not comment yesterday but a formal announcement is expected in the new year.