Mixed feelings as Ballymun shopping centre greenlit for demolition

by Dublin Gazette
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Plans for Ballymun Shopping Centre may be scuppered to make way for a MetroLink site

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Permission has been given for the demolition of Ballymun Shopping Centre, which will see the removal of the centre in early 2019.

Dublin City Council acquired the centre from Nama in 2016 under a compulsory purchase order, and it is now hoped that the site of the centre will be used for a new community development.

The site has long been one of contention, with the centre set to be in the middle of a regeneration project for the Ballymun area over 20 years ago.

Construction was originally pegged for 2005, but permission for development wasn’t awarded until 2009.

Work was then scheduled to begin the following year, but the shopping centre then fell into Nama occupation and a majority of the retailers left by 2014.

There were originally plans for a community library, a creche, a bowling alley, a cinema, offices and around 70 retail units in the centre.

It was believed from plans that, at one point, the €800m redevelopment may have potentially been as big as the southside’s Dundrum Town Centre.

The demolition has been welcomed by the likes of Cllr Noeleen Reilly (Ind) and local residents, who are hopeful that the removal of the building will allow for the regeneration of the site.

Cllr Reilly said: “I know people have mixed feelings on this, but we need the old building gone; [it’s] too much of a reminder what went wrong during the regeneration. There can be no delay in marketing this land now for future development.

“We want more shops in Ballymun, so we can revitalise our town and create employment for our residents.

“There should be no delay in this happening. Demolition works should commence as soon as possible, taking into consideration all the points around drainage and infrastructure mentioned [in a report on same].”

Local residents said on social media platforms that they hope the levelling of the building will lead to new shops in the locality that have long since been absent from the northside town.

Dublin City Council received no objections to plans published last month for the demolition of the 50-year-old site, although concerns were raised regarding the loss of parking spaces associated with the shopping centre.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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