SAM Curran of Innovative Leisure Systems (ILS) Ltd insists that local companies will benefit from the construction of the Altitude Resort when it gets underway next year at a site at Dowdallshill.
Permission for the ski slope development – which will also feature a 100 bed family hostel, 110,000 sq ft indoor concert arena, 80,000 sq ft leisure zone including a cinema and bowling alley and a 40,000 sq ft surf and water leisure dome – was granted earlier this month by Dundalk Town Council.
And while many people expect the application to now go before An Bord Pleanala, Mr Curran said he thinks ILS have done their homework well enough to prevent that from happening.
“We hope that it doesn’t go that route and I hope it won’t because as far as I’m concerned we’ve answered all the questions that were asked of us by Dundalk Stadium and the Louth Environmental Group.
“Even if it does go that way it will be dual time anyway as we have to organise other bits and bobs in the next few months but we are well advanced in that regard. We’ve finished our preparation work and we’re looking to the future.”
ILS Ltd have already signed up a number of big name retailers for the development and he insists that local companies will benefit from the construction phase next year.
“I’m confident we’ll be on site just after Christmas and we’re excited about that.
“There will be at least 350 construction jobs created by this and we will be buying all our concrete, stone etc from local suppliers.
“We’re over the moon to have been granted planning permission and we just hope there’s no further delays now but getting the go ahead was the major thing from the point of view of investors and leisure is one area where there is still investment at the moment.
“The appetite worldwide for leisure products is there and is consistently strong and our hope is that this resort will create spin-off opportunities for people.
“There is a deep water port in Greenore, for example, so why shouldn’t a cruise liner be able to dock there.”