The City Council have granted planning permission for a massive development in the Docklands on a site of about 24 acres. This is the description of the development:
There are two big pre-conditions though before any development can commence:
1. The Eastern Gateway Bridge must be built first, and,
2. The market must have improved sufficiently for this amount of property to come on stream.
Neither of these things are likely to happen for the foreseeable future. The Bridge in particular has been knocked back repeatedly by central government in Dublin who have refused to allocate funding towards it's construction c.€80m, for the last number of years. If this was Dublin, I doubt these delays would happen.
Now if only we had a Government Ministers sitting at Cabinet for the last 15 years from Cork city who could champion Cork's needs..........
Basement levels next to the river , great idea that worked excellent the last few years.
How long is planning permisson before it expires that could be interesting ?
10 years. The way things are it will probably run out before anything happens.
Does anyone know if the Cork Bonded Warehouse (http://www.corkpastandpresent.ie/mapsimages/corkphotographs/michaelolearyphotos/bondedwarehouses/) is included in this? This is located just down further from The Boardwalk and is a particularly favourite piece of land for me. It has water on both side and I think with a bit of careful planning could like like Faneuil hall or Quincy Markets in Boston...would be a lot nicer than a hotel.
For some reason Ive always loved the bonded warehouse building, would be great to see it restored
I doubt it - earlier this year the Port of Cork submitted an application for planning permission including the the demolition of the bonded warehouses as they have become unsound due to the structural failure of the quay wall.
Is this connected to the IFSC South I've read about before?
Cork has thousands employed in financial services so a good area to try to expand on
No this site is unrelated to the Bonded Warehouse.
Just for clarity in case anyone thinks they are applying to bulldoze the bonded warehouses, that application is for the demolition of the yellow buildings adjoining the actual bonded warehouses. They were added afterwards to the original building. Getting rid of the would allow pedestrian access all around the original buildings.
Indeed. I missed the word "Bonded Warehouses South Custom House Quay" on the news report. Apols.
I think the Port of Cork are being smart here. They are lining their ducks in a row for their planned move to Ringaskiddy.
As well as demolishing the yellow buildings they are also strengthening the quay walls and extending them into the river by reclaiming some of the land.
At some point far in the future the bonded warehouses can be restored and it could become a retail area with public space etc. I think it would look great.
The 24-acre site where the Marina commercial Park is now should also look good in the future but I would say even ten years is being optimistic. If the bridge was approved today you wouldn't see cars on it until about 2016/2017.
Fine Gael did put the docklands in their election manifesto but we'll see if they follow through on it.
If that's ever built the creches, library, cultural facilities and allotments will magically disappear.
Remember the way O'Callaghan dropped the hotel and conference centre which were used to prop up the Mahon Point application.