The Florentine Centre will not proceed as originally planned, a senior representative for Ballymore Properties has confirmed.After a 13-year wait a new proposal that includes only one retail unit and that doesn't include apartments or development of at least a third of the site has been submitted to Bray Town Council.
The Florentine Centre will not proceed as originally planned, a senior representative for Ballymore Properties has confirmed.
After a 13-year wait a new proposal that includes only one retail unit and that doesn't include apartments or development of at least a third of the site has been submitted to Bray Town Council.
Speaking to the Bray People, Mr. Paul Keogh, Corporate Affairs Director at Ballymore said that a constructive but realistic meeting' was held on Monday between Ballymore representatives and members of the Town Council.
He confirmed that a proposal to develop one-third of the site from the main entrance inwards, to leave the middle section undeveloped until a later date, and the last one-third of the area to be developed as a carpark, was outlined at the meeting.
While local councillors believe from the proposal that only one retail unit will be put into the Florentine Centre, Ballymore have said that there will be room for more units.
The new proposal that was given on Monday is dead in the water,' said Cllr John Brady, I'm not surprised by this. After 13 years we have waited for one retail unit, that's hardly a good return for blood sweat and tears. This is nothing short of a disgrace.
The four Labour Party Councillors have also expressed their disappointment at the proposal.
Cllrs. Anne Ferris, John McManus, John Byrne and Anne Egan said, The developer's record is appalling and we believe there is a clear duty on them to reinstate the site immediately for car parking and to ensure that the Main Street frontage is developed and an eyesore removed from the heart of Bray.'
Ballymore Properties have been requested to submit further drawings to Bray Town Council for their new proposal. Once we submit the drawings, this could be finished in a matter of months,' added Mr. Keogh, hopefully.