Former Sunset Ridge Hotel up for sale

Former Sunset Ridge Hotel up for sale
The former Sunset Ridge Hotel

A LANDMARK derelict hotel just off the N20 between Blarney and Blackpool has come on the market, prompting calls for a development that is suitable for the highly residential area around it.

Sunset Ridge, in Killeens, has been closed for a number of years and had been the subject of anti-social behaviour including bonfires in recent years until it was secured by owners.

The former hotel was once a hugely popular wedding reception venue and Councillor Ken O’Flynn (FF) said it functioned almost like a “community centre” for the northside until its closure.

However, he said it had become a “scourge” on the local Killeens community due to dereliction and incidents of anti-social behaviour.

“I’m delighted to see it up for sale. The area is starved of services and it would be great to see it developed into something that contributes to the community.

“I know there are strong expressions of interest in the site and I’m confident it will be highly sought after.

Ger Keohane (IND) added: “A number of things could go in there including a supermarket or something that serves the needs of several housing estates around it.

“Maybe a hotel could be considered, given its proximity to Blarney,” he added. The site is been zoned in the Cork County Local Area Plan for town centre and residential use. The current zoning would allow a high-density development to include residential and commercial uses.

Agents, Coldwell Banker Carlton Estates Cork said: “Suitable proposals will be considered where careful consideration is given to maximise the development potential of the subject lands (circa 40-50 units).

“The lands are strategically located in the desirable residential suburb of Killeens, with easy access to the N20 meaning Blackpool is just 4km away and Cork city centre is just 5km away. The site is also serviced by a very regular bus service (route 215), which links the subject lands to Blarney/Tower to the north and Cork city centre onwards to Mahon, to the South.”

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