Praise for Noonan’s role in Opera site

first_imgFacebook Email THE city manager, Tom Mackey will waste no time in setting development plans in motion for the 1.9 hectare Opera site, which has just been acquired by the city council.This will be followed by the council seeking expressions of interest and the establishment of a public consultation process.Mayor Jim Long has confirmed that a masterplan for the new city centre retail and mixed use development will be presented by April.“By June funding will be sought for demolition and clearance of dangerous buildings, attention to protected structures and all preparatory work will be completed.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Emphasising the pivotal role played by Finance Minister, Michael Noonan in copperfastening the funding required to purchase the site, city manager, Tom Mackey, who has been credited with “doing trojan work to secure the site for the city,” told councillors:“We were delighted that Minister Noonan did so much to ensure that the site would come into our ownership.“We are now in the process of winding up the legalities and this will be completed before the end of the year, after which we will set up a working group to consult with our third level colleges, with the objective of getting their presence into the city to increase footfall and retail spend.”Also being considered is the relocation of the Jim Kemmy Museum and the construction of a new city library for the Opera Centre.“High standard level accommodation and tier one retail outlets will feature – it’s vital to attract new investment but also to retain those outlets that are there,” Mayor Long told the Limerick Post.“We will explore going up in the build, as well as underground parking.”Cllr Joe Leddin said it was “very nice to get calls from traders saying that where the private sector had failed, the public sector had come to the rescue in securing the site.”Stressing the importance of “imaginative” architecture to combine the old and new in the area, Cllr Tom Shortt said it will be essential to “get the balance right.Declaring himself “over the moon,” leading Patrick Street retailer, Tony Connolly said the development will “certainly generate significantly more circulation of people throughout the city centre” Linkedin Previous articleRegion loses out on 394 jobsNext articleMungret College brought to life through art admin WhatsAppcenter_img Print Advertisement NewsLocal NewsPraise for Noonan’s role in Opera siteBy admin – December 1, 2011 641 Twitterlast_img read more

Artists and councillors to augment City of Culture

first_img Previous article#VIDEO Ralph Lauren’s niece to be sentenced over air rage incidentNext articleDeath of Super Blues legend O’Mahony Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post WhatsApp Email Advertisement Linkedin by Rose RusheDr Mike Fitzpatrick, visual artist and administrator, appointed as interim headAS well as new leadership for the programme and strategy on a temporary basis by LIT Limerick School of Art and Design head Michael Fitzpatrick, City of Culture board is to broaden board membership to include arts’ and local representatives.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The decisions were made at an emergency board meeting held on the night of Monday 5 with a view to accelerating progress on personnel appointments, strategic vision and programming.Chairperson Pat Cox told a press conference on Tuesday 7 that the board had nominated place for three new board directors representing the arts and culture community agitating for inclusion and experienced unfettered direction.“One from the arts and culture sector nominated on the advice of the pillar groups. There will be another director nominated from the chairpersons of the pillar groups of which there are six. There will be a third and final appointment for Mike Fitzpatrick on completion of his term as interim head.New roles were also announced for the Mayor and Cathaoireleach with respect to City of Culture inclusion on foot of a meeting on Tuesday morning with city and county councillors.“Mr Tim O’Connor, outgoing chair of The Gathering, is appointed as vice-chair”.On the troubled issue of stalled funding, Pat Cox said “that the board is pleased to announce that later afternoon yesterday [Monday 6] Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan and Conn Murray had signed off on heads of agreement..a key step in accessing the generous funding provided”.The beleaguered City of Culture chair also extended his appreciation for the “overwhelming offers of support in this time of crisis in recent days and along with other offers of encouragement, we look forward to taking them up”.He made specific reference to looking to the business community’s response and “offers of sponsorship”.LIT’s Dr Maria Hinfelaar who led the collaboration for Dr Fitzpatrick’s secondmentHe expressed praise and gratitude to LIT president Maria Hinfelaar and LSAD’s Mike Fitzpatrick for “stepping up to the mark” and their sense of “civic leadership”.Pat Cox also thanked outgoing chief executive Patricia Ryan for her “selfless dedication to the project” and “the dignified way” that she responded, continuing to work with the project to ensure “a smooth handover”.It emerged that Dr Hinfelaar and Dr Fitzpatrick had collaborated with the board with the initiative of the LSAD head’s secondment to City of Culture with respect to introducing new structures and process to see through the 2014 vision for Limerick’s designation.Full story in Limerick Post of Thursday January 8.center_img NewsBreaking newsArtists and councillors to augment City of CultureBy Rose Rushe – January 7, 2014 925 Facebook Print Twitterlast_img read more

Leasehold reforms will take years to become reality, warns legal expert

first_imgThe Government’s confusing new leasehold reform plans could take years to become law, according to one property expert.Far from benefitting millions of leaseholders who had expected the law to be changed almost overnight, Cavendish Legal Group’s Jonathan Frankel, head of its specialist leasehold enfranchisement division, says they’ve been given false hope by the leasehold reform promises as many barriers still remain.Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced this week that up to 4.5 million leaseholders would be given the right to extend their lease by up to 990 years at zero ground rent.This means they won’t have to pay any ground rent to the freeholder, which could save them tens of thousands of pounds. A cap will be introduced on ground rent payable when a leaseholder chooses to either extend their lease or become the freeholder, while Jenrick also announced that a new online calculator would make it simpler for leaseholders to find out how much it will cost to buy their freehold or extend their lease.Biggest hurdlesHowever, Frankel says that one of the biggest hurdles for new owners remains, as new leaseholders will still have to wait two years before they can start the process of obtaining their statutory lease extension. “This is one of the key elements of the much-needed reforms,” he says.“So, far from benefitting the many leaseholders who have been waiting for these reforms, it has only served to create confusion.”Frankel is calling for more detail and a timetable for implementation of the leasehold reform plans. He adds: “The clock is ticking as the pressing point remains – the shorter the lease gets; the more costly it will be to extend.”Under current rules, leaseholders of flats can extend their lease at a zero ‘peppercorn’ ground rent, but usually only for 90 years.Cavendish Legal Group’ Jonathan Franke Leasehold Reform January 9, 2021Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 11th January 2021 at 1:23 pmThere has always been a two year period, if a leaseholder fails to want to engage with a vendor of a leasehold property, but who is to say that many may now be more open as they see the way that the direction of travel now is. Also, as pressure grows, no doubt there may be more governmental ‘tinkering’ with the present, woefully inadequate system.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Leasehold reforms will take years to become reality, warns legal expert previous nextRegulation & LawLeasehold reforms will take years to become reality, warns legal expertJonathan Frankel of The Cavendish Legal Group says many barriers remain to making leasehold ownership fairer despite the Government’s hoopla.Nigel Lewis9th January 20211 Comment2,319 Viewslast_img read more