Galway City Council Approves Plans For Development In Galway City That Will Include 130-Bed Hotel And Restaurants
According to The Irish Times, Galway City Council has approved plans for a new development in Galway city that will include a 130-bed hotel and restaurants, as well as a craft food market, a six-screen cinema, retail outlets and 229 apartments.
Developer Gerry Barrett owns the group behind the plans, Edward Capital, and the development will be located on an eight-acre sight beside Ceannt Station.
Edward Capital won a 2017 competition ran by the land owners, CIÉ, to find a developer for the site.
The approved plan is smaller in scale, with the original design to have a 180-bed hotel and a greater number of apartments.
Barrett spoke with the Irish Times on the approval of the plan, saying "this project will breathe life into the city centre and help rebalance growth away from the suburbs of Galway."
The site is estimated to support over 600 jobs during construction, and a further 2,700 jobs across the hotel, restaurant, retail shops, and market.
Professor Alan Ahearne of the Whitaker Institute, NUIG, assessed the site, and believes it could contribute up to €200 million annually to national income.
The development will be named Augustine Hill, and will be distributed across 11 fully-pedestrianised new streets and four public spaces.
The project relied on the feedback from "hundreds of people in Galway", according to Barrett, and will aim to play an important role in the city's hospitality industry.
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