A VICTORIAN fruit and vegetable market in Dublin is to be overhauled and turned into a modern shopping and dining facility at a cost of €3m.
The Corporation Fruit Market at St Mary's Place was once considered the wholesale hub for the whole of Dublin city.
It had fallen into a state of disrepair since it was built in 1892.
However, a small number of businesses have continued to operate out of the facility and it is still frequented by residents living in the surrounding areas.
The existing 2,500sq m building will be preserved as part of the plans, but other parts of the site are to be renovated into a more modern shopping and dining facility, with a new car park for up to 100 cars.
Dublin City Council predicts the market will take on a new lease of life and serve up to 80,000 people living in its vicinity once renovations are completed.
Local firms had pushed for the redevelopment for some time.
The council has also said that it expects the new market to be completed and ready to open by September 2015.