Planning approved for ‘key’ development beside Connolly Station

by Gazette Reporter

Planning has been approved for a key development beside Connolly rail station which will include three high-rise apartment blocks and a 246-bedroom hotel.

Dublin City Council has given Ballymore the green light to build offices, shops, homes and a hotel, ranging from nine to 13 storeys, on a 42,670sqm site.

A statement predicts that the development, under the name of Connolly Quarter, will be home to more than 5,000 people.

It will also provide new bases to the Docklands Boxing Club and St Joseph’s O’Connell Boys’ GAA club.

Ballymore estimates that the project will provide more than 1,000 building jobs over five years. It said that would include apprenticeship and training opportunities at all levels.

The company pledged to work with the local community “to ensure we provide a state-of-the-art development” that complemented the existing environment.

Ballymore sought permission for Connolly Quarter from Dublin City Council last summer and provided further information on the project in October.

Elsewhere, DCC has granted planning permission for a new development of 120 co-living spaces on top of Jervis Shopping Centre.

The planning application was submitted in early 2020 before Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien declared a ban on co-living developments.

Plans include a two-storey building above the corner of the shopping centre facing onto Abbey St Upper which would contain 20 one-bed units and four two-beds.

The proposal also plans to demolish part of the retail and car parking floor area on Mary Street and replace it with a six-storey co-living space.

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