🙂 If you throw your minds back to a few pages ago in this thread, you may remember a mention regarding the sale of the small 2,025sq ft triangular site on Clontarf Street (to the east of the Bus Station, and to the rear of No.5 & No.6 Lapps Quay). Well, the site was sold last year for 1m euros to a developer who, for now I can’t name, however, what I can tell you is that planning permission will very shortly be sought for a 12-storey office building over commercial unit on this tiny, landmark site. The building will approx. 22,000sq ft of office space, plus commercial unit and provide a slender, landmark tower in the heart of this fast emerging office district of Cork. More details as they come.
🙂 Also, nearby, you may also remember that I informed you that Deloitte & Touche had be assessing a vertical extension to their offices on Lapps Quay (between No.5 Lapps Quay and Connolly Hall). Coughlan de Keyser Architects had been approached to part-assist in the design of this new extension, however, I have been now recently told that Deloitte may abandon this option for space at (so it is rumoured) nearby No.6 Lapps Quay, under construction by Bowen Construction, developed by O’Flynn Construction. It is assumed that Deloitte may option their existing offices on the market, including some space to it’s rear. It is not clear yet whether Deloitte will option their offices as is, or seek planning for the vertical extension and sell it off to a developer. The latter option may be appealing to OFC themselves – with a possible land-for-offices swap(??? – I’m just speculating on that point.)
No.6 Lapps Quay – under construction
🙂 Thankfully, OFC have scheduled a meeting with City Manager Joe Gavin for next week to help rectify the stale-mate reached between the developers and planners regarding car-parking at their Eglinton Street development. OFC propose 553 underground parking spaces as part of their massive, high-rise development, but Planner Evelyn Mitchell has conditioned that only .5 of this total space be made available. It seems a little idiotic to be honest with you, CCC didn’t have a problem issuing OCP with 450 underground parking spaces for a development not far removed from this one along the Western Road. Proper order too. See prev. post re: the OFC/CCC deadlock.
:rolleyes: I’m convinced a certain Irish Examiner property journalist reads this thread! Some of his reports display an uncanny resemblance to exactly the same information I have posted on this thread going back along. Hmmm – the Irish Examiner basically confirmed interested tenants for OCP’s Academy Street development as I had mentioned previously (i.e. Zara, Pull&Bear, Bershka etc etc – and its true, they are on ‘the list’.)
🙂 Rumour has it, in addition to Academy Street and a possible, but uncertain involvement with the Capitol Cineplex redevelopment, O’Callaghan Properties are actively developing plans for along Cornmarket Street. The plans are supposedly designed to compliment the large-scale retail and resdential development being undertaken by Rockfell Investments at the former Guy & Co. building (which now has confirmed tenants in Habitat, and definite ‘enquiries’ from the likes of H&M, Dixons and passing enquiries from Arnotts and John Lewis [however I hear, another city centre location may be more favourable to them]). Though I’m not clear on the exact details of the OCP Cornmarket Street involvement – it is thought to most likely have a large retail element to it, with extensive street/pedestrian access. However, if anything is pursued, it will not likely take form until after Academy Street is nearing completion or up and running.
🙂 Just regarding the Capitol Cineplex’s redevelopment, Ward Anderson (the facility’s owners) have been in discussions with city planners about the site’s redevelopment. Ward Anderson are hoping to seek planning permission before selling off the site – however, a number of developers (including one prominent Limerick-based developer, mentioned previously in this thread) have been pushing the entertainment operators to sell the premises ‘as is’ so that they can seek a specified planning application sooner and in line with many properties bought up surrounding the cineplex itself. Many of these properties have beenn purchased with great expense over the past year to 2 years.
Also, check out the website launched by developer/auctioneer Joe Carey and Dan Mulvihill for their large Fota Retail Park development in Carrigtwohill, at the site of the former Youghal Carpets Factory. Even if you’ve no interest in the development itself, it’s got some nice photos of the who Dalmatian Style Harbour area leading into the eastern suburbs and Little Island (like the image below!).
Oh, and HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY 2005!!!