Thursday 27 July 2017

Donal O'Donovan: City centre needs people - not 'window dressing' - to revive its fortunes

Artists’ impressions of how the new Opera centre will look
Artists’ impressions of how the new Opera centre will look
Donal O'Donovan

Donal O'Donovan

The good news is that Limerick's city authorities appear keen to retain much of the physical integrity of what's left of the huge Georgian era block they've earmarked for a vast €150m redevelopment.

The bad news is that the 'Opera Site', as it's known, that will set the social and economic tone of the city for decades, is a pretty bland, oversized, office scheme. Previous plans to include a college campus and housing have been ditched.

The scheme is exactly the kind of high quality project a well-funded commercial developer would deliver in Limerick, or anywhere else.

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