Green light for €900m O’Connell Street development

THE Carlton site on Dublin’s O’Connell Street has been approved for a €900 million large scale retail development following a ruling by An Bord Pleanála.

THE Carlton site on Dublin’s O’Connell Street has been approved for a €900 million large scale retail development following a ruling by An Bord Pleanála.

The 800,000 square foot scheme will cover the area between Parnell Street on the north and Henry Street on the south.

Approval was granted after the developer, Chartered Land, was advised to drop plans for a 13-storey Park In The Sky feature.

The revised project will see the height of the building limited to around six storeys.

Chartered Land, the developer behind the Dundrum Shopping Centre, has announced that the British department store John Lewis will anchor the development.

The company, which is controlled by shopping centre developer Joe O’Reilly, said the project will be completed by 2016.

The company said it expected that the development will create 3,500 construction jobs and 4,500 permanent jobs with a total development investment in excess of €900m.

Buildings at No 14 to 17 Moore St — where the 1916 Rebellion ended — are to be preserved and a commemorative centre will be built.

The facade of the Carlton cinema will be moved but other building facades on O’Connell St will be retained in their original places.

The entrance from O’Connell Street will have to match existing street scales and street names such as Moore Lane will have to be retained.

More than 80 retail units, 14 cafes and 22 apartments, as well as 769 car parking spaces are planned for the site.

Last night the National Conservation Group said they were happy with a number of conditions attached to the permission, including the elimination of the Park in the Sky, and the preservation of 16 Moore St. “This building represents the Irish Alamo. It is where the rebels gathered to write the letter of surrender in 1916. The plan was to knock it down, but instead it must be re-instated and turned into a national monument,” said spokesman Damien Cassidy.

Mr Cassidy said they were also pleased that Moore St traders would be accommodated in the new development, given they were a tourist attraction in the city.

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