Plans for the development of Cathedral Walk at Williamson’s Mall, Dundalk, have been given a new life after Louth county council granted an extension to the planning permission until 2019.
Permission was originally granted in 2009 having been approved by An Bord Pleanala.
Now, mall owners Ampezzano Ltd (in receivership) have been granted an extension to that permission until 17 December 2019.
The proposed development is seen to be an important step in linking the Marshes Shopping Centre with the rest of the town.
The development would range in height from two to six storeys and form a dramatic feature on the new street creating a new urban quarter for the town.
The project would incorporate approximately 37,000sq ft of retail use including professional financial services, retail, cafes, bars, take away, off-licence, taxi service, bookmakers, amusement arcade and a restaurant that would line the new street and connect Francis Street with the Ramparts.
The plans would provide over 25,000sq ft of office space, 250 overhead car spaces and 34 dual and triple aspect apartments with balconies and play spaces.
The new part of the development would comprise two new main buildings and entail the upgrading and refurbishment of the existing Williamson’s Mall building and premises fronting onto Francis Street, with the mall merging into the new name Cathedral Walk.
The plans also includes the proposed reopening of the Ramparts River over the length of the Ramparts Road front with pedestrian and vehicular bridges across the river.
The development would create a new pedestrian street and square which would establish a new connection between Francis Street and the expansion of the town centre through to the Marshes Shopping Centre.
The pedestrian walkway would be open 24 hours a day with a leisurely ambiance, street seating and furniture.