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Positive move for Nicholas Street
by Marie Hobbins
THE sale of two strategically located sites on Nicholas Street is the kick-start to reactivate a radical development of the historic area.
This is the view of Mayor Joe Leddin who, with the other city councillors, will, next Monday, give their approval to the sale by Limerick City Council of a disused site on the street for 293,000 euro to the developer, John Clogan who built the extension to Barringtonâ€™s Hospital.
Rooneys Auctioneers is selling the site for the council as well as an adjoining site at 35 Nicholas Street, owned by the businessman.
Cllr John Gilligan has been openly critical of city council for the length of time it has taken to activate development of the former Healyâ€™s shop site which, boarded up for years, was regarded as a disfiguring eyesore in the centre of the Kingâ€™s Island medieval trail. Noticeable to passers by, the crumbling ruin of the siteâ€™s original building was held up by girders and frequently surrounded with litter.
Cllr Gilligan said: ” 15 years ago, Healyâ€™s was relocated down the street with the promise from council that they would be back on site in a new shop within two years but that didnâ€™t happen and, unfortunately, the last of the trade died some years ago and the site became an eyesore and a source of nuisance to the neighbouring residentsâ€.
However, one cause for delay in developing the site was the discovery of a medieval stone wall and fireplace.
Recently, senior planner, Dick Tobin said that expert examination confirmed the finding of a medieval stone wall containing a fireplace that was deemed a national treasures and therefore, could not be removed. At that time, Mr Tobin expressed his belief that the structure could be “imaginatively built around and successfully incorporated into a new buildingâ€.
City council director of finance, John Field, welcomed the sale as a “very positive move for the street as did Mayor Leddin who, like Cllr Gilligan is delighted that a completely refurbished garda station on Mary Street is to reopen.
The mayor said he is now hopeful that “the prime site opposite Limerick Civic Trust and adjacent to King Johnâ€™s Castle, will be suitably developed