Revamp on the cards for iconic fruit market

by Staff Reporter

RESIDENTS have the chance to make submissions and observations on Dublin City Council’s proposal to renovate and improve the Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, which it says is currently “underutilised”.
The public consultation, or Part 8 application process of planning, has been submitted by the council.
It is proposed to change the use of the fruit and vegetable market located at Mary’s Lane in Dublin 7 to a retail food market with cafe/restaurants within the existing wholesale food market building.
In the public report, it says the market currently presents a “dilapidated appearance to the public”, and says the introduction of a retail food market will have a “beneficial impact on surrounding streets and lanes, encouraging retail or commercial uses”.
The plan also includes the part demolition of the rear wall of markets at Chancery Street yard and the construction of a new glazed full-height wall with powder-coated steel entrance gates, and levelling and resurfacing the existing car park at the Fish Market to accommodate public car parking, bicycle parking and a multi-use games area.
Speaking to The Gazette, Cllr Ciaran Cuffe (Gr) said a move towards a retail market “makes sense” for the area.
He said: “It’s a step in the right direction, but we have to ensure the needs of the wholesalers are still met. They have concerns about the traffic and the internal layout.
“I hope the chief executive [of Dublin City Council] can sort out these issues over the next few weeks.”
Urging people to take a look at the plans, Cllr Cuffe said: “I think it is important that people know what is being proposed and make their views known on what is being proposed by the council at this stage.”
As for fruit and veg markets, Cllr Cuffe would like to see more of them in Dublin.
“I think we need more … selling good fruit and vegetables at a reasonable price. We have some artisan markets for the weekend shopper, but we need more honest to goodness ordinary local markets as an alternative to supermarkets,” he said. A detailed description of the proposed works is in a report that accompanies the Part 8 application.
Plans and particulars of the proposed development are available for inspection until Thursday, November 13 at the offices of Dublin City Council, Public Counter, Planning Department, Block 4 East, Ground Floor Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.
Dublin City Council Housing Office opening hours at Parnell Street, Dublin 1, from Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm and from 1.45pm to 4.30pm.
Submissions or observations on the proposed development may be made, in writing, to the Executive Manager, Planning Department, Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, before 4.30pm on Thursday, November 27.
For further information on the plans, see www.dublincity.ie.

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