ONE of the city's key music venues could be in line for a major refurbishment in the coming months.
Ambitious plans to redevelop Cyprus Avenue have been lodged with Cork City Council.
If approved, the plans would drastically increase the size of the gig venue, as well as providing improved facilities for musicians and performers.
It is the second such application lodged by the operators of the venue, with a similar petition lodged and withdrawn by owners in 2016.
A decision will be made on the refined application by mid-May, fuelling hopes of a further revival in the city's live music scene.
The application, lodged under the name Seclusion Properties Ltd, proposes the 'refurbishment and redevelopment' of the city centre building, which is bounded by Oliver Plunkett Street and Caroline Street.
The proposal involves the complete refurbishment of 115 Oliver Plunkett Street to create a four-storey building, including an extension of the current ground floor bar and café.
The first-floor live music venue will be extended, while improved band rooms, changing rooms, recording and office spaces are all proposed as well.
Owners have also proposed the construction of 'an open area enclosure at second roof level at the rear property bounded by Winthrop Street and Caroline Street.'
The legendary venue remains one of the city's busiest music venues.
In the past, it has hosted huge names like Mumford & Sons and Hozier early in their careers, while in the coming months it will welcome Jake Clemons, best-known as a key member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band (May 13), the legendary UK rock band the Wedding Present (June 18) and American rapper Saul Williams (July 18).
Hopes are also growing that another legendary city music venue may soon reopen its doors.
The former Pavilion bar and nightclub was recently listed for sale, with a number of bar and venue operators known to have shown an interest.