UPDATED design plans for the redevelopment of the Tivoli docklands were discussed at a recent meeting in City Hall.
At the Planning Strategic Policy Committee (SPC), officials outlined the proposed development that would see more than 10,000 people living and working in Tivoli.
The Port of Cork is set to vacate the site in the next two years, and plans to create an urban area the size of Blackrock are being prepared.
According to City Hall, Government funding under the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF) to develop the area has been secured.
While Cork City Council does not own the land itself, it is supportive of projects to enhance the city.
Three distinct neighbourhoods are to be developed along the waterfront, with 3,500 people living in each one, which would be serviced with a small commercial unit of shops and facilities such as a supermarket, pharmacy, and doctor.
The Port of Cork has begun construction of a new €80 million container terminal in Ringaskiddy and this project is due for completion next year, after which container operations can be moved out of Tivoli, freeing up one of the largest industrial areas in Cork for urban development.
Chair of the Planning SPC, Sinn Féin Councillor Chris O’Leary, said that the plans included a high- frequency commuter train that would stop at Tivoli en route to Cobh, Carrigtwohill, and Midleton.
“The idea is to reduce car movement on the roads and get people commuting to the city or work in other ways,” he said.
Mr O’Leary said the designs also included a walking and cycle pathway from Tivoli into the city, as well as a connecting pedestrian and cycleway to Little Island.
Another possible inclusion in the project is an outdoor saltwater pool.
“We are in the design phase at the moment, but there are a lot of ideas about what to do with this space and some of them are very exciting,” he added. The councillor said the design is going to public consultation in December of this year.
“The timeline is likely to be looking at a 10-year-plan.”
A transport plan is also being prepared for Tivoli, that will set out locations for a new train station, as well as the location of possible new bridges that will cross the River Lee.
The plans could be a boost in terms of adding to the housing supply in the city centre, with land scarcity a major problem in recent times.
With homeless figures reaching an all-time high, the number of adults in emergency accommodation in Cork reached the 400 figure for the first time in February of this year, highlighting the acute shortage of suitable housing in Cork.
While there are long-term plans to develop Cork’s south docks, the North Docks have witnessed significant construction activity in recent months.
Lands close to Kent station are already undergoing significant redevelopment, with two major office developments under way, along with a new hotel and apartments already in the construction phase.