Fáilte Ireland has been given the go-ahead to convert 125 Patrick Street from retail use to a tourist information office with a new shopfront facing onto Lavitt’s Quay.
The prominent location previously operated as a Black Tie suit rental store.
The planning permission includes new raised backlit signage.
The tourist body said they hope to have the office open in time for the influx of 100,000 visitors to Cork next summer.
They hope to begin work before the end of the year with hopes of opening the office by April 2018.
Fáilte Ireland had come under criticism from former Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Des Cahill who said the vacant building had become an eyesore.
“The building is one of the first things tourists see when arriving in the city centre,” he said.
“I feel the abandoned condition that Fáilte Ireland has left the building in since taking custody of it is unacceptable.”
Mr Cahill called on Fáilte Ireland to reach out to active city art groups and volunteers, such as Mad About Cork, to turn the vacant building into a ‘positive feelgood project’ for the city.
Separately a planning application has been lodged with Cork City Council for a 73-bed hotel to be built on MacCurtain Street.
McCurtain Street Hoteliers Ltd wants to build the hotel at the site known as ‘The Windsor Inn’, 54-55 MacCurtain Street, on the corner of MacCurtain Street and York Street.
The proposed development will comprise of the part demolition of the existing structures, the construction of a part 5, part 6, part 7 and part 8 storey over basement hotel and a bar facility on the ground floor with an external courtyard.