New images show sleek complex to be built on derelict city centre site

New images show sleek complex to be built on derelict city centre site
An artist impression of the proposed North Main Street development

New images of a potential residential and retail development on Cork's historic North Main Street have been released. 

Bmor Developments Limited have released images on their website, showing what their mixed-use unit could look like if they are granted planning permission.

An artist impression of the proposed North Main Street development
An artist impression of the proposed North Main Street development

Bmor acquired the site back in April 2018, and the estimated completion date of the project, if approved, is September 2021.

The images show an empty site completely transformed into a sleek complex.

285 student bed spaces will be created as part of this project.

Bmor has requested a consultation with An Bord Pleanála to determine whether this project will qualify as a Strategic Housing Development (SHD).

An artist impression of the proposed North Main Street project
An artist impression of the proposed North Main Street project

If the development qualifies as an SHD, the developer can apply directly to An Bord Pleanála for planning permission, in order to speed up delivery.

A decision is due on whether the development qualifies for this scheme on February 2.

A student accommodation complex has long been floated as a potential development for North Main Street. 

In April, The Echo reported that Cork City Council had been approached by Pantherlee Ltd with a view to developing 92-96 North Main Street.

Separately, The Echo understands that the former Dunnes Stores retail unit on the street is in the process of being returned to use and an announcement on this is expected in the next few weeks.

An artist impression of the proposed North Main Street development
An artist impression of the proposed North Main Street development

The City Council said previously that in 2020, plans may be formalised to regenerate North Main Street as part of the City Development Plan.

North Main Street has been an area which has suffered from dereliction in recent years, despite its proud shopping tradition and well-known traders. 

Back in June, a partial building collapse occurred on the street, with derelict properties' internal floors and rear walls falling down. 

The existing North Main Street site
The existing North Main Street site

Hoarding was erected around the affected properties for safety reasons and the street was closed to cars for just under five weeks.

However, in November, North Main Street traders told The Echo that this partially collapsed building was an "eyesore" and was causing a loss in footfall and affecting their businesses. They urged the City Council to take action on the building to resolve the issue.

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