Limerick’s proposed Horizon Mall won’t affect city centre, says CoCo boss
Developing retail in the heart of the city is crucial to Limerick's future in the context of the "Limerick 2030 Masterplan", according to Limerick City and County Council CEO Conn Murray.
11 June 2015 | 0
Mr. Murray told Limerick’s Live95 FM that the proposed Horizon Mall, a new development on the outskirts of the city, does not aim to take business away from the city centre, but to boost it.
“Our primary retail ambition is to develop retail in the city first and foremost,” he said, “hence our approach in the context of the Horizon Mall. It’s important that the policies back that up and they do at the moment, but we equally need to move forward.
“We’ve got challenges relevant to that,” he added, “including property owner issues that are not in the essence of individuals.”
Developers of the Horizon Mall, for which planning permission was granted earlier this year, say the project will created hundreds of jobs as it prepares to open in August next year with the city’s first Marks & Spencer store. However, critics of the project say it will have a “direct and irrevocably negative impact” on the viability of Limerick’s city centre as a centre of commercial and retail business.
Limerick 2030 is an ambitious plan to transform Limerick city and the way it is marketed as a location for investment over the next 17 years.