Businesses back Brewery Quarter bid

Up to 200 business in Cork have signed up to a campaign to support the €150m redevelopment of the former Beamish and Crawford site into an events centre, according to the campaign organisers.

The Support the Brewery Quarter campaign says it has the backing of city centre shops and restaurants such as the Farmgate Café, the Cornstore restaurant, Casey’s Furniture, K O’Connell Fishmongers, and the Liberty Grill as well as Rev Nigel Dunne of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral.

Mike Ryan, of the Cornstore Restaurant, said: “The added footfall that the Brewery Quarter will bring to the city centre can’t be underestimated. We want to see Corkonians and visitors to our city walking through the heart of the city and spending time in our restaurants, shops and pubs.”

Planning permission has been granted for three separate event centres in Cork City and consultants Pricewaterhouse Cooper are assessing the rival bids before making a recommendation to Cork City Council. All three developers are seeking to avail of a €16m package of state support — €10m from the Government and €6m from Cork City Council.

BAM and Heineken are behind the Brewery Quarter bid and want to develop a €50m, 6,000-capacity events centre on South Main St as a key part of its €150m Brewery Quarter regeneration scheme.

Meanwhile, developer Owen O’Callaghan wants to build at Albert Quay close to the City Hall and has plans for a €50m, 6,500- capacity venue. The third bid is by Howard Holdings for the old Ford distribution site near Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Last night, Mr O’Callaghan refused to comment on the Brewery Quarter campaign and said he is awaiting the outcome of the PwC report.

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