Tuesday 29 May 2007

New €200m shopping centre plan for city

A RETAIL centre, worth an estimated €200m, is planned for Waterford city.

Known as First City Quarter, the 32-acre development will include retail space, offices, leisure and sports facilities, and a cinema. It is expected that the development will bring more than 3,000 new jobs to the region in the retail and office sectors, as well as indirectly creating about 3,200 jobs.

Retail giant Marks & Spencer has confirmed that First City Quarter is the only site that can accommodate its plans for a 50,000 square foot store in the region. Opportunity

For the development to proceed, Waterford City Council needs to rezone the site as a 'mixed use opportunity site' in the city development plan.

Currently, two-thirds of the site complies with this zoning strategy, but one-third does not.

Up to 13 acres of the 32-acre site needs to be rezoned for the development to go ahead.

The Waterford city development plan, which will determine the level and nature of development in Waterford over the next six years, is due to be agreed in the coming weeks.

Sarah Murphy
Irish independent

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