DOUBT OVER MITCHELSTOWN DEVELOPMENT
An advertisement in a national newspaper last week for the sale of the proposed 'Convent Garden' site in Mitchelstown has cast further doubt over whether or not the much anticipated development will come to Mitchelstown.
It is the second time this year that the site has been advertised for sale, with a similar notice appearing last January. The convent site was subject to a vote in Cork County Council last July when councillors unanimously agreed to a material contravention of the County Development Plan, which saw the convent site rezoned, paving the way for the proposed development by Irish and European Properties Ltd.
The development company has a high profile in Mitchelstown, having also proposed to build the Mitchelstown Leisure Centre on the Canon’s field site; proposals that were deemed ‘unsuitable’ last year by the leisure centre committee.
The Convent Garden centre, on the site of the old convent in the midddle of the town promised a €20 million development incorporating apartments, a conference centre, a twin screen cinema, creche, shops and an underground car park.
Last February a source informed The Avondhu that excavation work and the building of the underground car park was to start 'this summer'. However, with the site once again advertised for sale, there is increasing concern that Irish and European Properties may not deliver the development to Mitchelstown.
Thursday 12th June 6:56pm