Wednesday 10 December 2008

€80m town revamp gets green light after 13 years

A TOWN centre is to finally get an €80m revamp after years of difficult negotiations.

An Bord Pleanala has given the go-ahead to Ireland's largest developer, Treasury Holdings, to develop a retail scheme in Sligo Town Centre, first mooted 13 years ago.

The development at Wine Street Car park, comprising of 30 shops, 1,000 car parking spaces, 27 offices and 30,000 square feet of office space will form the final piece of a €250m centre-block master plan by the local authority to revive the town centre.

Planning permission had already been granted for the redevelopment of a nearby site on Adelaide Street.

Last night, Sligo Mayor, Veronica Cawley (Lab) described the decision as vital for the enhancement of the shopping experience in the gateway town.

"We have gone through a lot to get it to this stage. At this point, it is vital to see the centre of town developed. We have put our trust in Treasury Holdings and hopefully they will put their trust in the people of Sligo with an early start date," she said.

Anita Guidera
Irish Independent

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