22nd January 2014
By Elaine Murphy
The ‘Support the Brewery Quarter’ campaign – who are backing a Heineken/BAM proposal to build and event centre and other works on South Main Street say they have now “received phenomenal support” from local city centre businesses with 200 on board.
A recent article by William Brady, Centre for Planning Education and Research at University College Cork, in the Irish Examiner, reinforces – they say – the arguments that we have been making in relation to regeneration. He stated:
“We know that the city council are concerned about the performance of the city centre, with some worrying pockets of vacancy and dereliction emerging in key locations, and their appointment earlier this year of Colliers International to prepare a City Centre Strategy signals a clear commitment to directing economic activity back into the city centre area…One would imagine that an event/convention centre project would constitute a major part of any strategy to revive the city centre.”
Speaking on behalf of the Support the Brewery Quarter Ernest Cantillon says “as business owners and Corkonians, truly believe that there is only one right place – the Brewery Quarter on the Beamish & Crawford site.”