€3m plan to create up to 100 jobs in Limerick as derelict site gets new lease of life

Nick Rabbitts


Nick Rabbitts

Cllr Daniel Butler at the site

Cllr Daniel Butler at the site

A MASSIVE new €3m development opposite the Milk Market in Limerick could bring up to 100 new jobs to the city.

Ellen Street developments is seeking planning permission from City and County Council to construct a four-storey residential, retail and educational development at the junction of Ellen Street, Carr Street and Punch’s Row.

The proposal will see a building which has been left unfinished since the crash, described by local councillor Daniel Butler as “unsightly and unsafe”, completed.

A language school and seven retail outlets are planned on the ground floor, with five four-bedroom apartments on the first floor and three duplex six-bedroom living spaces shared between the same floor, and the top level of the complex.

Twenty-four car parking spaces will be built underground, the plans also show.

Donal O’Byrne, engineer with Ellen Street developments, predicted 50 jobs once the project is completed, as well as the same number in the construction stage.

“It will give a huge boost to the area. It cannot but not. Things are picking up here. The market is a key part of the city, an awful lot of people go there, and this will be a really big thing for us,” he said.

Developers originally had plans accepted by the council for the site to be a seven-storey apartment complex – but this is now cut down to four.

Cllr Butler welcomed the redevelopment plan, saying it’s something he has been raising since he became a local representative.

“It is one of the biggest eyesores in Limerick, especially adjacent to our key market, which is a tourist area and a place where residents come to do their shopping. It is an ‘iconic eyesore’ in the city, is that’s possible. But outside of its ugliness, there is also a safety aspect there,” he said.

Cllr Butler praised the council for engaging with the developer, saying the intervention of the planning department has paved the way for this planning application.

Limerick City and County Council is set to make a decision on the proposals by Sunday, April. 24.