PLANNING permission will be sought shortly for the demolition of buildings on the former IFI site at Marino Point as part of a redevelopment plan for the area.
The deep-water 114-acre site was purchased by Port of Cork and Lanber Holdings in 2017 and a masterplan for the redevelopment of the area has now been unveiled.
A public consultation process got underway yesterday afternoon and a further session for the public runs from 4pm to 8pm today at Passage West GAA Club.
A spokeswoman for the Port of Cork said the first phase will be demolition works and a general clean up of the site, along with the development of an internal road network.
She said the specifics of who will occupy the site once the masterplan has been completed is "all commercially sensitive and nothing has been signed and sealed."
The masterplan has been drawn up following consultation between Belvelly Marino Development Company, stakeholders, residents and a design team. It is expected the area will attract port and industry-related activities, and it is anticipated there will be employment created at the site.
Henry Kingston, Port Engineering Manager at the Port of Cork, said: "A lot of work has been going on in the background since we jointly purchased the Belvelly Port Facility in 2017 and we are delighted today to consult with residents, local representatives, and other stakeholders on the masterplan for the site."
"The Masterplan will act as a guide to both decision making and the phasing of any proposed developments to ensure the most appropriate fit for existing infrastructure and services and we welcome the views and input from stakeholders as we move forward to enabling works and the environmental clean-up of the site."
He added: "The potential uses of the site vary and could be anything from dry, break or liquid bulk cargo, bioenergy, general industry and even tourism."
"As a key stakeholder in Belvelly Port Facility, the masterplan will allow the Port of Cork to plan for future growth and prepare for variations in trade, import and export of goods to and from Ireland and through Cork in particular."
"It will also facilitate the expansion and transfer of Port facilities from the Cork City Docklands and is part of the long term vision for the Port of Cork."
The site was identified by the Port of Cork and Lanber Holdings for redevelopment to help support the growth of Cork Docklands as part of Project Ireland 2040.
The access to a rail connection at the site is being seen as a major advantage for the future of the area, according to the Port of Cork.
The company says it is "committed to seeking out suitable port users/customers which could potentially use the rail connection to transport their goods."
The company added: "It is envisaged that Marino Point will be developed to accommodate a range of industrial and port-related activities and could become a dynamic industrial hub for the area, thus creating employment. "
The consultation sessions are being held to allow the public to see the masterplan and give views on it.