A LAND swap between Limerick City and County Council and the OPW that would see the local authority acquire two former garda stations in the city is “close to finalisation”, according to a council spokesperson.
The deal would see a quarter of a hectare of council land at Sarsfield Park transferred to the OPW for use by the Model School.
The old Edward Street RIC and garda barracks and the former Mary Street garda station would come under the ownership of the council under a deal which has already been approved by councillors through a Section 183 motion adopted in 2012. All that remains is some legal work.
It is believed that the Edward Street site would sit well with the Office of Regeneration’s plans to develop sheltered housing for the elderly at the former Limerick Clothing Factory next door.
And one source has told the Leader that if the Mary Street site is not used for the council’s own purposes, it may be of interest to Barringtons Hospital, which is expanding its footprint on King’s Island.
The OPW, meanwhile, is planning to sell another 10 closed garda stations in the Mid-West next month but has declined to say exactly where they are.