Island of Geese plans to boost town centre

An early artist’s impression of the Island of Geese site development

PLANS for the first phase of development of the Island of Geese site in Tralee have been unveiled by Kerry County Council and the initial project will involve the development of an office block with retail space.

Details of the public realm on the former Denny bacon factory site will go on public display until March 20.

The proposals, following a design masterplan, include the development of a three-storey office development with a retail, restaurant/café unit on the ground floor as well as a public space covering approximately one-third of the space.

The proposals include:

  • A linear park with an appropriate balance of hard and soft landscaping.
  • Retention of the original brick chimney stack and extending its heights from 15m to 32m to resemble its estimated original height.
  • The public realm will include paving, curved seating and a shallow amphi-theatre, the installation of permanent umbrellas, seating, public lighting, electrical and water connection points, bicycles stands and a play area for children.
Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Jim Finucane, welcomed the proposals

The plans will go on public display at the council offices at Rathass and Prince’s Quay from this Wednesday under the Part VIII planning process. The details will also be available on the council website, www.kerrycoco.ie.

Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Jim Finucane, welcomed the proposals which he said should be considered by the people of Tralee and beyond to ensure there is strong public input into the plans.

“This is a hugely important site for Tralee and it represents a great opportunity to grow and develop the wider town centre,” he said.

“Since the site was cleared last year, there has been significant interest and excitement in Tralee about how the space will be developed,” he added.

Following the completion of the public consultation on the plans, a report will be presented to councillors in the Tralee Municipal District for their consideration. Proposals for residential and community developments on the site will be published in the coming months.

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