TOP businessman Denis Brosnan has outlined plans to deliver around 140 jobs to Croom - a community he describes as having been “forgotten” by the agencies.
Mr Brosnan - who chairs the Mid-West Task Force – has been resident in Croom for 25 years, and is the chairman of the village Development Association.
This community group – which has 15 board members from different local backgrounds - is behind three projects which could provide up to 140 much needed jobs in the county.
“We have a three stage programme in place. One is to restore and re-equip the community centre, which has been in existence since the 1980s. The other side is to bring new enterprise to Croom, via an Enterprise Park project, and the third is to give to the local people so that they can enjoy what Croom has to offer,” Mr Brosnan told the Limerick Leader.
Up to 60 jobs look set to be created if the landmark Civic Centre project gets the green light from County Hall. Funding is also largely in place to deliver an Enterprise Centre, which it is hoped will bring 80 jobs overall, while the redevelopment of the area’s existing community centre is already providing work to 15 participants on a FAS programme. Mr Brosnan already employs some 15 agricultural workers in Croom House Stud.
The Croom Development Association hopes construction on the landmark Civic Centre gets under way later this year.
This scheme will see the development of a 6,800 square foot multi-purpose building. It will include a 180-seat function/theatre room, a 48 seat tea room, an adult education centre, a tourist information point, an internet cafe, a children’s playground and a 66-space car park.
“The project will cost around €1.5m. We have grant aid approved about €1.25m of that,” Mr Brosnan said, adding the Croom Development Association had received support from the JP McManus foundation. During construction, some 40 jobs will be provided, with 20 permanent jobs created when the Civic Centre opens.
If it gets permission, the development - in the St Mary’s Park area of the village - will take two acres of the Well Meadow, with the remaining 11 acres of existing riverside public open space upgraded to a landscaped Town Park, with a wildlife sanctuary area, fishing terraces, a series of pathways, seating and jogging areas.