Plans for the long awaited Youth Hub for Kildare town - The Hive, have been lodged with Kildare County Council.
A decision on its future is due to be made by April 24 and submissions will be accepted up to April 3.
County Kildare Youth Hub Limited has applied for the go ahead for the change of use and alterations of the former post office to a youth café incorporating office space and toilet facilities. The application also seeks the change of use of existing out buildings to breakout rooms incorporating storage and toilet facilities. The building is a protected structure.
Last December, The Kildare youth hub team behind The Hive, welcomed a €50,000 funding boost from Minister Frances Fitzgerald, which meant the project was on track to open next year.
Originally it was hoped to utilise St Joseph’s Academy in Kildare Town but plans changed.
Speaking at the time, Sean Cooke, Development Manager said; “This is a significant endorsement of the project, the steering committee have worked tirelessly and this announcement will propel the project forward. Although we did not get the full amount requested, it is a huge amount of money to get in these times and still allows us to examine our options and progress the project in the New Year.”
The main funders for the Hive include Kildare County Council, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, and another application is pending with County Kildare Leader Partnership. Local groups will also initiate a major fundraising drive over the next six months, which will assist the day to day running of the facility.
The push is now on to get the planning application approved and progress to the next stage so the youth of Kildare can reap the benefits of this project.