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Friday 19 September 2014

New development expected to be built on derelict NAMA site

Published 29/01/2014 | 05:36

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The derelict site near Austin Stack park, Tralee which has recently been cleaned up.

A SIGNIFICANT landmark development is expected to be built on a site close to Austin Stack Park which has been described as Tralee's worst eyesore.

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An unnamed Cork based businessman and developer purchased the site, a triangle of land opposite Austin Stack Park at the junction of Boherbee and John Joe Sheehy Road, from NAMA earlier this month.

Work began last week to clear the site which has remained unused and derelict since plans for a large retail and residential project on the site collapsed with the onset of the property crash.

The site fell into a derelict state and was eventually boarded off by Tralee Town Council who also made an unsuccessful bid to buy the site in order to clear and develop it.

Recent storms demolished much of the hoarding that surrounded the site, exposing it to view and allowing children from the area access to it. This led to fears about the safety of the site and calls from Tralee councillors to clear and secure the site as a matter of priority.

Last week it was announced that the sale of the site has been completed. Diggers and heavy machinery were immediately brought onto the site by its new owner and workers spent much of last week clearing it of rubbish and rubble.

As of yet no planning permission has been sought to develop the site though an application is expected to be made to Tralee Town Council in the near future.

The zoning of the site would require any construction on the site to constitute a "landmark development."

Kerryman

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