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Grafton Street Quarter set to get revamp too

the entire area around Grafton Street will be rejuvenated once the shopping thoroughfare has been repaved.

Dublin City Council is drawing up proposals to revamp the streets surrounding Grafton Street, including at St Stephen's Green, where a new public plaza could be installed.

A further plaza is envisaged for the Stephen Street area, off South Great George's Street.

Work begins next week on a €4m scheme to relay the paving on the pedestrian street, but that is only the start of the redevelopment.

The entire Grafton Street Quarter – from St Stephen's Green to College Green and from South Great George's Street to Kildare Street – is to be upgraded.

A team has come up with a series of improvement projects in the quarter, city official Frank Lambe said.

POTENTIAL

"Obviously Grafton Street is the first project, but there are many more to come.

"We have put together a draft public realm plan for the Grafton Street Quarter."

Mr Lambe said the council is looking to the streets to the west of Grafton Street to revamp next, including Harry Street, Wicklow Street and Chatham Street.

"We are also separately looking at St Stephen's Green North, because there is potential to develop a new civic space there with the coming together of the two Luas lines, and we're also separately looking at College Green at the other end."

The plan should go out to public consultation in late June or early July.

Labour councillor Oisin Quinn said the district is economically the most important in the city on the southside.

He added that the council is "working with a very good starting point" in that 1,000 covers have been added to restaurants between South Great George's Street and Grafton Street.

"This area has to be seen as offering the highest standard of visitor experience to people coming into the city centre," Mr Quinn said.

A planning application will be brought to the council by the end of the year for the next stage of the improvements.

comurphy@herald.ie


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