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North Main treat

Wednesday, 10th April, 2019 5:11pm

Niamh Áine Ryan & Michael Olney

 

A prominent city centre street is set for a renaissance with several projects in the pipeline.

North Main Street could be set for a revival with plans due to be lodged soon for a mixed use apartment block which would replace a derelict site.

Tenants are also understood to be looking at the shopping centre and it's been suggested that a hotel is in the long-term plans for the historic street.

92-96 North Main Street could take on a new lease of life with plans soon to be lodged for an apartment development.

These were originally meant to be built for students only but the developers changed their plans after listening to concerns from residents living in the area. Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Mick Finn told the Cork Independent there are lots of positive aspects about North Main Street but some areas are in disrepair.

He added: “Any new plans to rejuvenate the area and inject new life into it is welcome. The developers are due to lodge a new application for the site after listening to residents’ concerns. There’s also people looking at the vacant units in the shopping centre.

It’s been suggested that there’s possible plans for a hotel on North Main Street, too, which would be ambitious.”

The plans were originally for 92-95 but now include number 96 too, which was previously destroyed by a fire and subsequently demolished. Following discussions with the owner, it was acquired by Cork City Council at the end of May 2018.

The council has been approached by the developers, Panterlee Ltd, who own 92-95 North Main Street and who have requested that the council consider disposing of number 96 to them with a view to an integrated development of the entire site that is in with interest of proper planning and development of the area.

Chief Executive of Cork City Council Ann Doherty said: “It is proposed that Cork City Council would allow the developers to include number 96 in its planning application and, subject to planning permission, that Cork City Council enter into discussion in relation to the sale of the property to the developers.

“It is considered that the proposed disposal of the property is desirable and the inclusion of number 96 will help to ensure the complete reinstatement of that section of North Main Street."

Rose Murphy of Murphy’s Pharmacy has lived on the street for 30 years. She said: “Any development is good. My reservation is that I would hope it would incorporate more than just students. That would be more conducive to a better social scene for everybody. We have a nice community feel here and it would be sad to see that go. It’s good to have a mix. As a trader on North Main Street I would hope that the ground floor of it would be retained for retail. That’s where I stand.”

Michael Creedon of Bradleys said: “We’ve heard about a lot of developments over the last 500 years, but we believe things as they happen as opposed to what we hear."

He added: “There’s people crying out for accommodation and to live in the city, and not just students. We’re talking about people who would be working in all these various companies. And they’re not concerned about cars. These are Europeans. If they want to go somewhere at the weekend they’ll rent a car. There’s a big market for varied accommodation and for people to get back living in the city.”

Patrick Leader of Leaders Menswear said: "As far as I know the residents in the area were initially against it due to possible anti-social behaviour. That was one part of it. Another part of it was that the residents were promised there would be a parking facility put in place. But that’s down to the city council."

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