Phibsboro Shopping Centre revamp to boost area
Phibsboro Shopping Centre is to get a much-needed makeover in a project which will enhance the heart of the town and boost the local economy.
Proposals for the redevelopment of the 1968 shopping centre include installing public art as well as Dublin bikes, while removing the front car park to bring the building in line with the street.
Dalymount Park, to the rear of the site, will also be revitalised in a move that aims to celebrate the park's sporting heritage with a proposed soccer museum and plans for shared pedestrian access at the North Circular Road entrance.
The new design aims to highlight the public space and improve recreational amenities as well as enhance the attractiveness of the town's centre.
The shopping centre will be designed to allow for markets, festivals and cultural events to be held, while residential development is being considered but cannot exceed 30pc of the floor space.
A taxi rank has also been proposed while the Luas Cross City is expected to serve the area by 2017.
The shopping centre is currently dominated by an eight-story concrete panel clad office tower which is ripe for redevelopment, as laid out in Dublin City Council's local area plan.
The site extends back to include a grassed embankment once used as a spectator area for Dalymount Park football ground. The park has been home to Bohemian FC since 1901.
In recent years Bohemians were exploring the possibility of relocating to newer purpose-built facilities in Harristown.
Due to the economic climate it has reverted on this and the club will now remain at its Dalymount Park home.
The plan looks to retain the sporting use at the site, with proposals to see it enhanced and extended to provide a wider sporting, recreational and community use.