Saturday 23 February 2019

Green light given to Harry Crosbie for 185-bedroom Vicar St hotel despite local opposition

Artist impression of new hotel
Artist impression of new hotel

Gordon Deegan

Dublin City Council has given the green light to developer, Harry Crosbie for a new eight storey 185 bedroom hotel at Vicar Street in the Dublin Liberties in spite of some local opposition.

A spokesman for Mr Crosbie said on Tuesday that it is hoped that construction work on the Vicar St Hotel will commence on the project in the next number of weeks and that the hotel will be open for business in 2020.

The spokesman said that the hotel “will add to the growing restoration of the Liberties”.

The spokesman also confirmed that Mr Crosbie “is also working on a Vicar Street South in conjunction with Wexford County Council”.

The new venture in Dublin, when operational will create 80 jobs and the spokesman said that the hotel development “will create a new way for the public to enjoy a live show”.

He said: “We will create a new 'rock and room' concept with our exclusive promoter Peter Aiken. We will upgrade the venue to ensure its continued status as Dublin's premier mid-size venue.”

Walls Construction, which worked with Mr Crosbie on the original Point Depot and when it was transformed into an area, are to construct the hotel.

One of the conditions of planning is that the hotel firm pay Dublin City Council €487,407 towards public infrastructure for the area.

A report accompanying the planning application stated that the development will contribute significantly towards the implementation of a Core Strategy of the City Development Plan in respect of regeneration, urban design and economic and tourism  development.

The report also stated that the development “can provide a catalyst and dynamic for the regeneration and redevelopment of the Liberties area and will enhance the attractiveness and diversification of the city’s tourist accommodation offer”.

Failte Ireland also made a submission with the City Council in support of the application.

However, a number of local residents - supported by People Before Profit TD, Bríd Smith - lodged objections against the plan.

In total, twelve objections have been lodged against the plan.

The residents of Catherine Street told the City Council that the development would cause much distress to the residents of the area - an area, they say, that has had continuous development for the past two years.

Many of the residents of Michael Mallin House are opposing the plan and in an objection, they stated “we, the residents of Michael Mallin house believe the height of the proposed development is not in proportion with the surrounding structures being twice the height of our flats as well as towering over houses located on Catherine St and Ash Street.”

In her objection, Ms Smith stated that the application does not represent development sympathetic to an urban residential community bound by new student accommodation, a public house/music venue, a homeless hostel and two new hotels in the immediate vicinity.

In the joint objection with Cllr Tina McVeigh, Mr Smith pointed out that “we are in the depths of a housing crisis that is having a catastrophic effect on our society”.

She stated: “Rather than more hotels, apart hotels or luxury student accommodation, we urge our city planners to exercise their duty of care and refuse planning permission to any further developments that do not positively contribute to the stock of residential housing.”

Objectors now have the option of appealing the Council decision to An Bord Pleanála.

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