LIMERICK'S northside has received an early Christmas present after a development promising 150 new jobs was given the green light.
The multi-million euro proposals – first revealed in the Limerick Leader – will see a massive ‘Barack Obama Plaza’ style service station on a vast site adjacent to the Coonagh Roundabout and the Clondrinagh Business Park.
One hundred construction jobs, and 50 permanent roles are being planned.
Local TD Maurice Quinlivan, who has held meetings with the man behind the development Liam Carroll, has welcomed the development, saying it has the potential to become Limerick’s very own “Junction 14”.
This is a reference to another massive service station, the Mid-Way point on the M7.
“It will bring much needed job opportunities to the northside of the city,” Mr Quinlivan said, “Its location will serve motorists commuting to and from Ennis and Galway and for tourists coming from Shannon.”
As part of the scheme, developers are planning to construct a service station forecourt and a 650-square metre two-storey restaurant building with a drive-thru facility and children’s play area.
The service station would operate on a 24/7 basis, with the restaurant open between 6am and 10pm, documents show. Mr Quinlivan has welcomed in particular the fact the development will have electric vehicle charging points.
“These facilities are currently few and far between in Limerick, serving as a barrier for those wanting to switch to a more environmentally friendly move of transport,” he said.
Pat O’Neill, one of the men behind the plan, said earlier this year that it would represent a “landmark development” for the northside.
”It’s an exciting project, and one which will hopefully complement the whole area and the entrance to our beautiful city,” he said.
He added it would "similar" to the Barack Obama Plaza in Moneygall.
Four objections were received to the development, including from Petrogas Group which operates a forecourt a short distance from the proposed site.