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Maybe we should all be emailing Michael Martin, he should have a bit of power now shouldn’t he???
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Any renders of the O’Callaghan proposal? I’d love to see it. Would be a great location for me (live about 50m away 🙂 ).
If anything is ever to happen in the Docklands, then it’ll probably require the city centre ‘growing’ out to it – such as the Lapp’s Quay development, the Elysian, this proposed event centre (even the refurbishment of the Sextant) – rather than a big development at the other end far from the city, and hoping other developments fill in the gaps. Who’d want to live/work in the docklands as they currently stand?
I would agree with you on docklands development, however if the pairc is redeveloped and Blackrock village is done up then it could be a catalyst for further development in the general area.
It would be great to have the events centre built at last, Cork badly needs it to bring in an extra bit of revenue. HH centre is never going to happen, Mahon is too far out and the NRA would appeal it, and the Beamish site should IMHO be turned into tourist attraction such as guinness store house. The OC site will prb remain derelict for the foreseeable future with no office or apts being built so good opportunity to get rid of a derelict site as well.
On a side note was at the concert organised by I think Coors Light at the Custom House site……..a concert venue in the city centre would definitely work
i heard a rumour at the weekend from a friend, who had links to the builders of the tower, but i was wondering if there was any truth to it:
he said that there were only a few apartments occupied, and that building management fees were costing a fortune (security, public area lighting etc), so the building owners were offering to buy out existing apartment owners so they could turn the whole building into a hotel.
any truth to it?
wouldn’t be one bit suprised, there were around 20 apartments rented out in there but they were spread all over the place. Sensible thing in my opinion would be to rent out 1 or 2 blocks and then turn the remainder into a hotel.
remarkable that the govt have no means apparently of giving us a bridge costing 60m to kickstart the entire docklands but magically a bridge that costs 59m is sitting on a barge just outside Dublin Port having arrived from Rotterdam
not to mention the 5 billion for the metro……I will say it again our politicans are crap!
Actually, office space could still be a goer.
Although Cork has a glut of commercial space, there’s a serious lack of good quality modern office space near the city centre (Believe me, we’re in the process of looking!). Plenty out in Mahon, Little Island or up at the airport, but not in the city centre itself.
I think his aim first day was to attract large companies such as google to cork, for this the office plate has to be quite big……..fat chance of all this happening when we our local politicans can’t even get us a bridge!
I can understand the need for developing public venues etc, but I don’t think the office and apartment space proposed has any market for the foreseeable future.
It would be fantastic if we could still go ahead with some of the public spaces, and let the apartments and offices happen as needed.
I realise the office space and apartments are a non runner at the moment but the events centre and a hotel would not be and provide a welcome boost to the economy, green and public spaces on top of this and it could be a nice area……..of course the long overdue development of the pairc would be a welcome boost as well
saw a brief report in the evening echo last week, that brian cowen was in Cork and said the Gateway Innovation Fund was “suspended”. Did I read that right? But that would mean the funding for the bridge is gone up in smoke so for the moment wouldnt it? Arent these the sort of projects that should be funded now given that they would supply jobs etc? If that doesnt happen it will be hard to open up the docklands for the next few years
I don’t think this government has any initiative at all. Nevermind the jobs created in the construction phase which would be very welcome but the jobs and boost to the economy of a permanent venue for concerts, exhibitions etc would mean they would have their money (our money I should say) back in years!
Really great news regarding the atlantic quarter next question tho is will it actually get built in this economic climate. And in fairness credit where its due to the city council, they actually seem to be doing something to get the whole docklands going.
From what I have heard the events centre and the hotel would go ahead straight away if the bridge was put in place with a number of large office plate buildings (not all of course)…….makes sense in the economic climate we are in, start with the stuff that has a good chance of working.
was talking to a polish lad who worked on it and he was saying that the communal garden is wasy too small for 250 apartments so not a suitable place for families. Said they are nicely finished though.
Also said 40 deposits were put down but only 20 went ahead, the remainder fell through mainly due to problems securing mortgages
Yeah seen that as well, but as someone said this could just be done to give a good impression!
Prefer the lighting that they have on it tonight, looks a lot better than the red or blue etc
first residents are supposed to be moving in around March according to Sheery Fitz in the Weekend Examiner!
I know I have brought this up before but Shandon what a disgrace that it has not been developed to anyway near its full potential.
It should be a tourist mecca, with cobbled streets and plenty of restaurants, and it should be designated the “Old City” on the tourist trail, there is hotel right beside it, it has the tourist attractions and the charming narrow streets now all it needs is a bit of creativity and imagination!
Maybe these ones of the river are bit better. I do agree that Cork has a lot to do to become a more attractive city but there have been major improvements and these photos of the river might show it in a bit of a better light!!
Just saw the lights were turned on……never knew we were living in Gotham! :p
That spire they have put on top looks crap…..just like a big flag pole!!
well it was confirmed that there is no funding for the bridge until at least 2010. Now the only thing we can hope for is that they name the projects now that will get funding then so that the docklands is not left in limbo.
Still think the government should be looking at the bigger picture and see the substantial economic benefits this would bring.
Read an article in the examiner recently where the guy was very worried about how the government is run by teachers and solicitors…….while not suggesting there is anything wrong with these professions we need more business people to be involved to get a good over all picture. Michael O’Leary was suggested as one guy that should be enlisted by the government to give his point of view. Makes sense but can’t see it happening!