Limerick Chamber calls for councillors to back O’Connell Street development plans

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O’Connell Street reimagined by Zeso Architects on behalf of LiveableLimerick.

Limerick Chamber calls for councillors to back O’Connell Street development plans

Limerick Chamber has unequivocally called for metropolitan area Public Representatives to vote in approval of the O’Connell Street Development plans and deliver the much-needed investment into the City’s main street.

Dee Ryan, Chamber Chief Executive Officer, said, “Limerick Business, across all sectors, urgently need this investment in our urban centre and we call on Metropolitan Councillors to vote in approval of the plans.

“Private investors are investing heavily the City and announcements of projects like the upcoming retail development at Arthurs Quay and the welcome news of a City Centre campus for the University of Limerick all make this long-awaited improvement of O’Connell Street even more pressing,” she added.

In its detailed submission on the project, Limerick Chamber calls for expert advice to be sought in finalising the design of the Public Realm aspects of the plan, including the development of a Sensory Plan that will consider all aspects of how the landscaping, artwork and lighting will impact on the visitor experience.

James Ryan, Chair of the Chambers Committee for Retail and Hospitality and owner of O’Connell Street, said, “Limerick Businesses have fought hard to come through the recession and had to re-examine our value offering to ensure that we were delivering the best possible experience for customers. We call on the Council to apply those same high standards to the finishes and the crucial public realm aspects of the detailed O’Connell Street design.”

Ms. Ryan said, “Our vision in the Chamber is for a multi-generational, thriving shared space that is safe and accessible for all. We believe that Limerick has an opportunity to be leaders in thoughtful urban design by putting visitor experience at the centre of plans.

“Businesses along the remainder of O’Connell Street are at a disadvantage compared to their counterparts along Phase 1. The International Rugby Experience will have a newly defined streetscape to one side, with the old layout at the other side.  Completion of the street as envisaged in earlier plans will alleviate these concerns. Indeed, we call on the council to prioritise the completion of the scheme up to the O’Connell street monument and to ensure Limerick is “Ryder Cup ready” by 2026,” she added.

Finally, the Limerick Chamber states in its submission that it considers the delivery of the remainder of O’Connell Street redevelopment as a matter of urgency and clarification is sought in regards the Council’s plans. 

The proposed improvements to O’Connell Street, which would be to the benefit of our city centre trader members, are also strongly welcomed by the Regions largest employers who recognise that a thriving urban centre experience would be a critical asset in their efforts to attract and retain valuable skilled workers.

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