Words: Shamim de Brún
The Moore Street Preservation Trust has organised a “Save Moore Street” rally that will take place at three o’clock on Saturday after the controversial redevelopment of the historic road was given the green light.
The UK property group Hammerson had lodged three separate applications with the council. These are for a mixture of retail, office and residential units. This Moore Street redevelopment will form part of a larger €500 million revamp.
The entire site slated to be redeveloped will run from O’Connell Street to Moore Street and from Henry Street to Parnell.
Moore Street is a culturally significant street. It was a 1916 battlefield, and it has been the home of Ireland’s oldest outdoor food market since the late seventeenth century. In addition, the road has particular cultural importance to the inner city Dubliners who have for generations worked there.
The applications for Moore and Henry Street will see the inclusion of residential facilities, a hotel, retail units, restaurants and cafes. Cultural uses have all been approved, as well as the demolition of several buildings on the street.
The most controversial aspect of this redevelopment is the proposed archway that would break up the Moore Street terrace. Dublin City Council wants the height of the archway reduced to be more in line with No17 Moore Street.
Dublin City Council has also asked that the final application be amended by Hammerson. In addition, they are now required to submit a report on how the redevelopment’s height would affect the neighbourhood’s sunlight.
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