Originally Posted by _Lady_
Hey folks, seriously agree with the intentions of the OP in terms of the need to do something for Longford. What's the current status of the new Longford SC beside the cinema? It's such a fantastic building and would be a great boost to the town - are there just no interested tenants? Such a pity.
There are lots of great people in Longford and plenty of small specific retailers that are being choked by rates - anything - even a good sentiment or suggestion - has to be a step forward in the current environment. Even a minority of positive people could create some nice changes to boost people's attitudes towards the town.
A bit of a mad idea and not one that I could realistically see been taken up but... There are a load of shops in the town like the Manshop which probably don't do a lot of business because of their location and then there are other shops which aren't doing particularly well, just because of the current economy and the affect it has had on Longford in particular which had grown to rely on the construction sector for jobs both directly and indirectly, but how about giving these shops an option of opening a second shop at no extra rate or rates in the new shopping centre. The building is lying ideal anyway therefore the council is not going to be getting any rates from it but would continue to get rates from the original premises. The building itself is now owned by Nama therefore its just another empty property owned by the state.
I think if alot of the shops were under the one roof they'd all benefit as people checked out shops they'd never stepped in before. They could leave two or three units free for new businesses to start up with no rent or rates for six months. There would possible be alot of demand for just a few units but they could hold a lottery system for each unit every 6 months.
A bit of an off the wall idea which would take some joined up thinking by the likes of the Town council and NAMA but its better than having a building lying ideal which I expect it will unfortunately.