A PLANNING consultation request has been lodged for almost 290 student beds on North Main Street.
A company named as Bmore Developments has requested a consultation with An Bord Pleanála to determine whether a possible development on the street for 285 student bed spaces qualifies as a Strategic Housing Development (SHD).
The SHD process allows developers to bypass local authority planning for housing projects above 100 homes in order to fast-track delivery.
If the planning board deems the development to qualify as an SHD, the developer can apply directly to them for planning permission.
A decision is due on whether the development qualifies as an SHD on February 2.
Student apartments have long been mooted on the 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.
The company owned the properties at 92-95 but number 96 is listed as being under the ownership of Cork City Council on the Derelict Sites Register with a market value of €60,000.
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 forthcoming in the next few weeks.
City Hall may formalise plans to regenerate North Main Street as part of the next City Development Plan.
Traders in the area have suffered setbacks in recent years with dereliction and vacancy becoming an increasing issue despite a number of long-established businesses continuing to thrive on the street.
On June 20, a partial building collapse took place at one of the street's properties with internal floors and rear walls coming down. Hoarding was erected around the affected properties and the street was closed to through vehicular traffic for just under five weeks.
Some traders on the street had complained that business was 50% down during the closure.