'A blot on the landscape' - residents wave a not-so-fond farewell to Dublin 4 landmark
The site was bought three years ago for €13.2m
Demolition began today on the landmark Tara Towers hotel in Booterstown in Dublin.
The D4 hotel was bought by hotel operator Dalata three years ago for €13.2m.
However the current hotel will not be missed by residents according to local Fine Gael Councillor, Paddy McCartan.
"I have always regarded it as a second rate structure, it has more or less become derelict," he said.
"I'm in favour [of its demolition]. This has been on the card for a while now.
"I regard it as a blot on the landscape. It had no character."
Dalata plans to construct a 140 bedroom 4 star Maldron Hotel. They plan to open in early 2021 alongside an apartment complex of 57 residential units, and a basement and ground level car park providing 138 car parking spaces.
Builders McAleer and Rushe have been appointed as contractor for the scheme, which is expected to cost €51m.
While the new hotel is welcomed, and hoped to serve as a social centre for locals, some residents have been angered by the recent demolition works.
"The works have been annoying residents, they start early in the morning and go on late, it's very noisy," according to Labour Councillor Dermot Lacey.
"But I suppose it wasn't a work of art, and the new development does look much better."