The grand vision for the North Quays area of Waterford city has been unveiled by Waterford council.
The ambitious plans detail how the 8.23 hectare site will be developed incorporating underground car parking, retail and office space, leisure facilities, a hotel and events centre, tourism/community facilities and residential units.
Standout features include a new pedestrian bridge linking the North Quays and the Clock Tower, and the relocation of the train station close to the new bridge.
The masterplan says the 500 million euro development, would create ‘an extension to the city centre that will serve a future population of 100 thousand people’.
It also promises to act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the whole region.
Councillors will get to examine the masterplan at a special meeting in Dungarvan this afternoon with the public being able to view them on October 13th for a six week period.
Deputy Mayor of Waterford Cllr. John Cummins has described the draft planning scheme for the North Quay’s Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) as “hugely exciting”.
The Fine Gael councillor is encouraging the people of Waterford to engage in the public consultation when it commences on October 13th: “This SDZ has the potential to shape our city for generations to come and it is imperative that we get it right from the outset”.
Fianna Fail councillor Eddie Mulligan says the success of the project will depend on the connectivity between the existing City Centre and new development. He also said the Government “need to deliver the circa €60,000,000 capital infrastructure, needed to drive this vision forward”.