A MAJOR application for the mutli-million pound redevelopment of the Mall West in Armagh – which would include a number of new retail units – has been lodged with DoE Planners.
Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has confirmed the move, which covers a site next to the Mall, together with part of the multi-storey car park at Sainsburys, adjacent land towards McCrum’s Court and the existing Department of Agriculture and Rural Development building.
This important city centre site was identified as part of the Armagh City Masterplan published in May 2009.
The development is expected to cost in the region of £3 million and create up to 50 full and part-time jobs.
Minister McCausland said: “Last year I appointed Drumragh Property Investments Ltd as preferred developer to redevelop this key city centre site. I am pleased to announce that they have recently lodged a planning application and hope to be in a position to start construction early in 2014.
“A visualisation of the proposed development can be viewed in The Mall Shopping Centre in Armagh.
“The development of the site will facilitate private sector investment in Armagh and create construction jobs in the short term and ensure permanent jobs in the future for the retail sector.
“The progress of this site is a significant milestone in the delivery of the Armagh Masterplan.
“My Department, in partnership with the local council, has worked diligently to progress this major development in Armagh. We are confident that it will contribute to a revitalised and successful city centre improving the prosperity and quality of life for everyone who lives, works and enjoys leisure time in the city.”
Councillor Sharon Haughey-Grimley, outgoing Lord Mayor of Armagh, said: “The council is delighted to see the appointment of a developer for this very important site in Armagh City Centre.
“It is a crucial site in terms of its location between the Mall and Market Square and also as an attractive location for the creation of larger units adjacent to car parks that retailers demand. I look forward to seeing the plans progress through the planning system in a timely manner for this important step in delivering the Masterplan, regenerating our city and attracting new investment.”