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Dún Laoghaire's €20m hub axed (but no-one can agree on why): 5 things to know in property this week

And Dublin’s Metrolink has been delayed due to a high volume of public feedback.

EACH WEEK, WE put together a quick-fire round-up of the week’s biggest property stories. Why? The sector moves fast, so this is your chance to keep up.

This week, the man behind Dún Laoghaire’s axed digital hub looks for a new location, and the school building controversy is ongoing.

1. Digital hub plans in Dún Laoghaire axed

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The plug has been pulled on a €20m digital hub in Dún Laoghaire harbour – but there’s a dispute over why the project came to an abrupt end.

During the summer, planning permission was granted by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for the construction of a 7,000 sq m digital hub in an old ferry terminal building. But the CEO of the Harbour Innovation Campus project, Philip Gannon, claims the owner of the building did not have the necessary approval for the foreshore development. Now he’s looking for new locations.

2. Partial re-opening of some schools closed over safety issues

river (2) Tyrrelstown Educate Together in Dublin Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

The Department of Education has confirmed that onsite work has commenced on engineering solutions that will enable the reopening of the ground floors of a number of schools which have been closed due to safety concerns. 

total of 42 schools built by Western Building Systems are being inspected over concerns about potential structural problems.

3.  Metrolink delayed due to high volume of public feedback

river (3) MetroLink route map Source: NTA/Rollingnews.ie

Updated Metrolink plans have been delayed as a result of the high volume of submissions received by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) during the public consultation period.

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In May 2018, TII and the National Transport Authority (NTA) launched a public consultation process on the Emerging Preferred Route for the MetroLink, the proposed 26km high-frequency metro from Swords to Sandyford.

4. Seven-property block on O’Connell St on sale for €13m

Deirdre Foley, whose company recently sold Clerys department store in in Dublin’s city centre, is selling off block of seven retail, office and licensed properties.

Lisney and Knight Franks have set a price of €13 million for the properties on the corner of O’Connell Street and Abbey Street and Sackville Place, according to The Irish Times. The properties span over 40,000 sq ft in total and the retail units are currently occupied by Londis, PaddyWagon Tours and others.

5. Planned student accommodation in Cork may grow even bigger

The developer of the student apartments at The Lough in Cork, has entered into talks with An Bord Pleanála to increase the size of the project, says The Evening Echo. 

A block to house 320 students at The Lough was approved in August, even thought there was local opposition. The developer is now looking to increase the project and add beds for a further 98 students.

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