Council plans to develop former Limerick fire station

Cllr Joe Leddin outside the former fire station building in Thomas Street.

LIMERICK City and County Council have applied for permission to redevelop the former city fire station at 34 Thomas Street, along with the adjacent building at 33 Thomas Street.

The application provides for five-one bed apartments at number 33 Thomas Street with eight two-bedroom apartments proposed together with commercial and retail space at ground floor level at 34 Thomas Street, which previously housed the fire station.

Welcoming the application Labour Party councillor Joe Leddin pointed out that as ownership of the buildings is with the local authority, the planning process provides for a period of public consultation prior to a decision by the elected members.

“This is a very welcome proposal as we try to accelerate the redevelopment of both public and privately-owned Georgian buildings in the city for residential use,” the City West representative told the Limerick Post

“Creating a living city that is vibrant by day and by night requires an increase in the supply of good quality accommodation.”

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“I have supported a number of redevelopment projects currently nearing completion on a number of Georgian buildings in Hartstonge Street, Mallow Street, and Cecil Street. These buildings will provide homes by way of apartment living to those looking to live in the heart of our city.

“The current planning application provides the public with an opportunity to view the application and proposed designs and to make submissions where applicable. Once the consultation process is completed, a report is prepared by the council’s chief executive and presented to councillors for acceptance, amendment, or rejection.

“A second application has also been submitted by the council to redevelop the former County Library building at 58 O’Connell Street for eight apartments, which again will contribute to the creation of a vibrant living city,” Cllr Leddin added.