Buttimer Welcomes Green Light for Landmark Capitol Project

July 29th, 2015

 

150729 Capitol Redevelopment Picture of Grand ParadeCork South Central TD Jerry Buttimer (FG) has welcomed the rubber stamp given to the planning application for the €50 million redevelopment of the old Capitol cinema site in the heart of Cork City.

Cork City Council approved the ambitious plans for The Capitol site on Grand Parade which is a major boost for Cork and brings the development, which has the potential to deliver 450 new jobs for Cork, one significant step closer to fruition.

The John Cleary Developments project will transform the renowned Capitol cinema site into a five-storey retail, office and food innovation centre that will completely regenerate the derelict site and serve to further enhance the city centre shopping district restoring it to its former glory.

Welcoming the news, Jerry Buttimer TD for Cork South Central said:

“The Capitol is a pivotal and iconic site in Cork city which has sadly laid dormant for many years. The development has the potential to provide a sizeable boost to job creation with the expected employment of 300 people in construction with jobs for 450 people upon completion.

“Importantly it will also transform Cork’s shopping district and create a space that will deliver a sustainable and exciting innovation and artisan food centre for the region that will promote all that Cork is and has to offer.

“As with most planning projects there will be issues that will need to be ironed out but it is vital that the redevelopment of this key site progresses. It will be the cherry that tops off the 2009 – 2015 development plan that has seen Cork rejuvenated and infinitely enhanced the city for its people and tourists.”

The application consists of over 48,500 square feet of retail space over three floors and 37,00 sq ft of office space on the top levels. As part of the plans the conservation listed Oyster Tavern will also be restored which is another pivotal element of the exciting project.

 

Posted under Cork City, Development

European funding for Port of Cork will support local economy – Buttimer

Tuesday, 30th June 2015

  • €12.7 million for the Port of Cork from EU’s Connecting Europe Facility
  • Funding to be used for phase one of Ringaskiddy Port Redevelopment Project

AerialRingaskiddy1The Port of Cork is a crucial to our economy and this funding from Europe will ensure that it continues to serve businesses in the Cork region and support job creation for years to come. This €12.7 million will be used to part fund the first phase of the Ringaskiddy Port Redevelopment Project which was given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanala in May.

The redevelopment of the Port of Cork will ensure that future connectivity needs are met. We need a port that facilitates business and economic expansion, the plans that are in place will deliver on this front. It will enable the Port of Cork to continue as a vital regional and national port that plays an important part in the overall European transport network.

As well as benefitting the economy the development of an expanded container terminal will also create much needed direct employment. This will create new construction jobs as this project is developed benefitting many families in Cork.

For two centuries the Port of Cork has supported our local economy and provided an economic link to the world. The future plans for the Port and this funding will help to ensure that it continues to serve our local community for many more years to come.

ENDS

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Development, Economic, Transport

Parliamentary Question: Social and Affordable Housing Data

Question to the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government (Mr. Alan Kelly, TD)

To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government the funding that has been allocated to each local authority for refurbishing void social houses; the amount of money that has been provided to date to each local authority for refurbishing void social houses; the number of void social houses each local authority is expected to refurbish using the allocated funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

For WRITTEN ANSWER on 19, May, 2015.

REPLY

General statistics on local authority housing stock, including vacant social housing units, are published annually by the Local Government Management Agency. The most recent statistics are the Service Indicators in Local Authorities 2013 which are available on the following website.

The table below shows the number of units returned to productive use in 2014 and the funding provided to local authorities by my Department for this work. I will announce details shortly of the 2015 funding for local authorities to address vacant social housing units, including the breakdown of the targets and funding for each authority.

In relation to the consideration of the demolition of vacant social housing units, it is a matter in the first instance for local authorities to identify units that might be derelict and where demolition may be an appropriate option. Demolition of social housing units would be an unusual step and would normally only arise in the context of an overall approach – such as regeneration of an area – agreed with my Department. There is no programme or policy to deal with vacant units by way of demolition.

Local Authority

Number of Units Returned in 2014

Funding Provided in 2014

Carlow

42

€325,111

Cavan

23

€349,137

Clare

65

€995,829

Cork City

212

€2,872,027

Cork County

155

€1,539,364

Donegal

167

€919,797

Dublin City

467

€6,163,464

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

5

€89,896

Fingal

165

€1,938,780

Galway City

24

€474,050

Galway County

76

€958,263

Kerry

79

€718,938

Kildare

49

€503,463

Kilkenny

25

€484,430

Laois

43

€257,013

Leitrim

15

€229,072

Limerick

98

€915,969

Longford

16

€313,250

Louth

18

€113,620

Mayo

80

€464,508

Meath

59

€1,037,501

Monaghan

21

€92,751

Offaly

35

€514,000

Roscommon

34

€224,028

Sligo

29

€311,648

South Dublin

92

€627,408

Tipperary

86

€935,801

Waterford

42

€605,428

Westmeath

56

€396,518

Wexford

20

€316,307

Wicklow

35

€650,204

TOTAL

2,333

€26,310,575

Posted under Development, Parliamentary Questions, Public Expenditure & Reform

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