At the junction of Monivea Road and Joyce’s Road in Mervue, east of Galway city, lies the unused 12.6 acre Crown Square site.
It was abandoned in September 2008 following the economic crash, and it fell under receivership with NAMA in 2012 until Padraic Rhatigan of JJ Rhatigan recently signed a deal to take over the site once more.
The Development Plan
The developer has plans to build five three to six storey office blocks and a five storey 175-bedroom hotel, with plans to begin construction in the coming months.
Parking facilities are also included in the plan, with 1,395 spaces planned at upper and lower basement levels.
This is just Phase One.
Phase two, which will seek approval from An Bord Pleanála, includes a plan for 286 apartments, a gym, a medical centre, a café, and shops.
The development will create 250 construction jobs.
As well as this, the finished construction will host significant growth in employment in Galway, where companies are hard struck to find office space.
The office space is reportedly expected to hold 3,156 workers, while the hotel and facilities would employ a further estimated 450 employees.
Full Steam Ahead
Planning permission for phase one was granted with 27 conditions attached. The Connacht Tribune reported that the plan has been described as a “distinctive new city quarter” which will act as a catalyst for further investment.