An Bórd Pleanála has given its approval for a regeneration project on Francis Street in the Liberties are of the city centre, the Irish Times is reporting.
The €25 million project is being promoted by Anthony Byrne, the founder of the Tivoli Theatre. It will cover an area of 10,000 sq m and will consist of a 260-bedroom aparthotel, restaurant, a gymnasium, a shop and a cultural theatre and performance arts venue.
A new stage area will host theatrical and cinematic performances, similar to Meeting House Square in Temple Bar.
Damian Meehan of Douglas Wallace Architects, the company behind the new project, said that their approach had "centred on the creation of a new urban hub that would anchor the development and also act as a catalyst for change on Francis Street, a forgotten gem in the historic heart of Dublin."
(images: Douglas Wallace Architects)