Re: Re: well what about the developments popping up in the shannonside ?
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The Henry Cecil building, while it has had a number of alterations to the faÃ§ade, remains an important example of one of these stores, all of which testify to the importance of Limerickâ€™ provisions history, a trade which literally financed the Georgian and Victorian city.
â€œThe building adjoins a site which is designated for urban renewal in the Integrated Area Plan for Limerick City Centre and will compromise the overall regeneration of the area. The property was bought on the open market on the clear understanding that it was not a listed buildingâ€.
The building is located in the heart of the commercial area of Limerick City, close to amenities such as hotels, car parking and retail amenities. For the reasons stated above, and due to the shortage of such well-appointed commercial property on Henry Street, the property will always incur a premium.
Furthermore, inclusion on the Record of Protected Structures should be seen positively as enhancing the value of the property. It places a premium and rarity value on the building, which, as market forces dictate, raises the financial value of any property.
The Planning Department has attempted to meet with the developers of the Henry Cecil building to discuss the proposed listing of the building and their development plans for the site. No response has been received to date to that invitation and it would appear that the appellants are reserving their rights to pursue legal avenues to achieve their ends.
It is recommended that having regard to the foregoing that the stone warehouse at Lower Cecil Street (Henry Cecil Building) and the Georgian Buildings at 1&2 Quinlan Street be included in the Record of Protected Structures.
A penny for the developers thoughts when he acquired the Henry Cecil building, listed or not, the developerâ€™s original planning intentions were positive. I wonder what the Health and Safety made of the collapse, dangerous building practices?
Original Planning Permission
A. Brooks Properties Ltd.
Date Received: 29/05/2003
Grant Date: 10/09/2003
Permission for the restoration and conversion of an existing proteced structure at corner of Henry Street and Cecil Street and change of use from public house and nite club to retail/commercial use on ground and first floor and to incorporate 8 number apartements over. To incorporate an apartment entrance lobby with associated office over and to include for an ESB substation, electrical switch room and provide for a modified elevational treatment on ground and first floor including the re-opening of existing windows, the removal of existing rendering and the re-pointing and cleaning of existing brick and stonework including all associated site works. This building is a protected structure.
Corner of Henry Street