Tuesday 16 September 2008

Limerick's renewal agencies endorse regeneration plans

THE BOARDS of Limerick's regeneration agencies have endorsed the draft master plans for the city's regeneration project.

Some 3,000 houses will be demolished and refurbished as part of the project, which will see the total transformation of Limerick's Moyross, St Mary's Park, Southill and Ballinacurra Weston housing estates.

And while no cost has been put on the plan the overall bill is likely to exceed €1 billion.

The plans will be presented to Limerick City Council at its monthly meeting on October 28th. Each master plan contains a detailed scheme which, it is intended, will transform the city over a 10-year period.

Former Dublin city manager John Fitzgerald, author of the report which initiated the regeneration process, paid tribute to everyone involved in compiling the plans.

"It is no mean feat to have master plans of this detail and quality completed in such an efficient timeframe.

"The plan is unique . . . It is a major piece of work towards the ongoing revitalisation of Limerick."

Brendan Kenny, chief executive of the regeneration agencies, said each master plan has a social, economic and infrastructural element, with a strong emphasis on addressing social challenges through educational, sporting and community interventions.

The Irish Times


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