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  • in reply to: college green/ o’connell street plaza and pedestrians #746391
    Rory W
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    @jdivision wrote:

    Yeah, it’s amazing the same paper ran essentially the same article a few weeks ago. Gap is taking part of it they said then. olivia doesn’t seem to have checked their own archive.

    Yeah Gap are taking the Suffolk Street bit, but there wasn’t much mention of the front section in that article

    in reply to: college green/ o’connell street plaza and pedestrians #746384
    Rory W
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    This is good! From today’s times 28/1/09

    Habitat store to be replanned as cafe

    OLIVIA KELLY

    A PROPOSAL to locate a branch of German low-cost supermarket Lidl in the former Habitat furniture store on Dublin’s College Green has been scrapped in favour of redeveloping the building as a “Viennese-style” cafe.

    Dublin City Council has granted permission to Pixtell Ltd to change the building from a retail premises to a licensed restaurant.

    Pixtell is controlled by Tony Leonard, who, with Paddy McKillen, bought the former Bank of Ireland branch in 2002 for €22 million, before leasing it to Habitat. The furniture store closed last May following what it described as a severe deterioration in sales. Habitat had hoped to sell on its lease, and Lidl was among a small number of parties who expressed an interest in the site.

    However, the supermarket chain was reportedly unwilling to pay the €2 million, reduced from an initial €3 million, asked by Habitat.

    The lease has since been returned to Pixtell, who remain the owners of the premises, and the company has decided to convert the building into a cafe/restaurant instead of seeking another retail lease with Lidl or any other firm.

    The planning permission sought, and granted, is unlikely to be appealed to An Bord Pleanála, as it involves a substantial restoration of the original fabric of the mid-19th century building.

    The recently added mezzanine floor is to be removed, and the wall between the protected period property and the modern building that adjoins it on Suffolk Street, which was part of the Habitat store, is to be rebuilt.

    The application was referred to An Taisce, which said it welcomed the proposal for a Viennese-style cafe as long as the architectural character of the building was maintained and enhanced.

    It also said a condition should be imposed to ensure that any alcohol sales on the premises should be in the context of a restaurant only and not a pub or nightclub.

    The city council attached a condition that the building not be used as a public house or nightclub.

    The section of the Habitat store fronting on to Suffolk Street will remain separate from the cafe and is likely to be leased as a clothing store.

    in reply to: New Advertising in Dublin #777127
    Rory W
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    @Smithfield Resi wrote:

    http://www.mobilebillboards.ie/Gallery1.html

    I’ve often seen these parked in Dublin.

    So are they legal when driven, but illegal when parked?

    Depends on if they are parked or just sitting there for weeks on end

    in reply to: Dublin City Hall.. and Lego #775350
    Rory W
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    If you look very carefully there is a lego GrahamH taking a photo and shaking his head at the state of the lego pavement 😀

    in reply to: New Advertising in Dublin #777124
    Rory W
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    Those rules apply only when the vehicle is static i.e. covering a bus and leaving it at the side of the road would be illegal (and stuck in traffic doesn’t count) – if it’s in motion then its fine

    in reply to: Convention centre #713694
    Rory W
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    @Satrastar wrote:

    It’s been said numerous times that the design of the National Conference Centre makes reference to the Gasometer.

    Is there any truth to this?

    I think it makes more reference to the Gasholder which used to be sited opposite on Sir John Rogersons Quay more than the Gasometer in googleland (as it’s now know)

    in reply to: Building on Sean McDermott St. #778317
    Rory W
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    @GregF wrote:

    Pity about that other fine Protestant/Methodist Church on Merrion Square/Fenian Street that suffered a similar fate of neglect and vandalism before it was ruthlessly gutted and transformed into the O’Callaghan Davenport Hotel.

    Suspect fire …ahem… excuse my cough

    in reply to: Macken St Bridge – Santiago Calatrava #744402
    Rory W
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    Probably, it was a piece that lumped it in with a load of Celtic tiger projects (U2 tower, watchtower et al) which they said won’t happen ever. Sloppy journalism, the only suprise is they didn’t mention Declan Ganley and Libertas (who they seem to be in love with)

    in reply to: Macken St Bridge – Santiago Calatrava #744400
    Rory W
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    No there was a piece in the Sunday Times (which seems to be turning into a glorified mail on Sunday – defo not the paper it once was) impling that the Bridge wasn’t going to happen but with no proof to back it up. That’s probably where your mate heard it from

    in reply to: gaiety centre #743446
    Rory W
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    Anyone else see this in yesterday’s times

    Shopping centre planned for Dawson Street
    GARRETT KELLEHER, the businessman behind the Chicago Spire, is hoping to replicate the success of the recently opened Gaiety Centre on South King Street by developing a similar shopping mall in the former Royal Sun and Alliance building on Dawson Street.

    It is understood that Shelbourne Development, Kelleher’s property firm, has commissioned a team of architects for the project and is considering submitting a planning application within the next six months.

    The company has already received the green light from the local authority to convert part of the ground floor office space into a 186sq m (2,000sq ft) café, which has been let to Costa Coffee on a short-term lease, and industry experts claim this new retail outlet will strengthen Shelbourne’s case for a redevelopment of the site.

    However it is expected that Dublin City Council will support a South King Street-style scheme at the former Royal Sun and Alliance building not only because it is keen to broaden the capital’s retail appeal and reverse the consumer exodus to suburban shopping malls, but also because the site is one of the few in the Grafton Street area able to accommodate the larger-scale floorplates demanded by international fashion multiples.

    in reply to: college green/ o’connell street plaza and pedestrians #746363
    Rory W
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    Well if they policed them properly I’d welcome benches all over the city – however when the benches that are provided are taken over by Dutch Gold drinking junkie scum like the eden quay boardwalk has and nothing is done about it then benches will not be provided. Other cities move undesirables along – why doesn’t Dublin – perhaps because we’re afraid to confront them? Is it un PC? Probably

    Until proper policing is carried out (i.e. moving them on) then retaillers will be rightly or wrongly opposed to having benches.

    (and yes I’m well aware that I’m reopening the ‘don’t call them junkie scum argument’ but as soon as they start behaving themselves and show respect to the city and the citizens I’ll stop calling them that)

    in reply to: Zap the childrens shop – High Street #715816
    Rory W
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    @lostexpectation wrote:

    if someone suggested now to build buildings back along that line in front of st audeons they’d be accused of blocking the view of the church… !

    i don’t know why anybody would want to build something new there its so stuck on its own, its not near any other shops.

    it such a wide road to cross, how about a lightweight X shaped pedestrian bridge that meets in the middle to act as viewing platform for medieval city.

    How about a reduction in street width to human/city scale rather than dual carriageway scalwe

    in reply to: Convention centre #713673
    Rory W
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    Where the hotel that didn’t get planning was?

    in reply to: Fair Play to Starbucks #763841
    Rory W
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    It would make a fantaastic restaurant rather than just another boozer in the style of ‘The Bank’ up the road

    in reply to: O’ Connell Street, Dublin #731140
    Rory W
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    If anything the new development will draw people into the area – and if it was handled properly this could have great knock on effects, by bringing people into the area, for the (fantastic) restaurants on Parnell Street, what should be done by the City Council is something to protect and enhance the organic development of the multicultural mix on parnell street and not a big fake official state sponsored multicultural centre – it’s inauthentic

    Agree that there should be more cultural elements to the carlton redevelopment though – man does not live on shops alone. The development should be a 24 hour operation not 9-5;30

    in reply to: Convention centre #713668
    Rory W
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    No it’s the AIB and BOI back office not Anglo deal that’s in trouble

    in reply to: Convention centre #713666
    Rory W
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    I think its beacuse Anglo Irish bank and Allied Irish Bank have similar initials

    in reply to: What is the most attractive bridge over the Liffey? #755859
    Rory W
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    The one that was built (James Joyce Bridge)?

    Or are you talking about the Sam Beckett (Macken Street) which shouldn’t be included IMO as it’s not in place yet (never ever judge by renders)

    in reply to: New street and redevelopment for Dublin ? #764642
    Rory W
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    It was initially mooted for September based on the original plans and timelines, but due to the planning delays it will be post Christmas before they move – why move anywhere until after your busiest trading period!

    in reply to: college green/ o’connell street plaza and pedestrians #746332
    Rory W
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    I’m sure it’ll be as effective as the banning of cars along the stretch of Pearse Street between Tara st Junction and college street – was walking there last week and counted 6 private cars along this strech (not taxi’s or hackneys either) in the short time that it talkes to walk it – no enforcement as per usual

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