Public meeting to discuss Magee Barrack development

Ideas welcome

Paula Campbell

Reporter:

Paula Campbell

Email:

paula@leinsterleader.ie

Public meeting to discuss Magee Barrack development

Plans include three parks

A public meeting will be held in Aras Bhride on Monday, April 23 at 8.30 pm to discuss the plans for Magee Barracks  in Kidlare town and suggestions on how it can be best utilised for the town.
Plans for phase one have been submitted to An Bord Pleanala. While these are mostly residential and include proposals 264 residential units, a neighbourhood centre including a childcare facility, three shops and a café and gallery unit and exhibition area and 1.9 ha of public open space, the development will also include plans for the local community.
The proposed usage of the public space includes three key open spaces: Magee Gardens - local park – The formal layout of the park aims to reflect and increase awareness of the site’s military heritage.
This park will include retained mature trees and ornamental grasses. Parade Park -neighbourhood park – Parade Park will provide multiple recreation facilities including a play park, table tennis, boules and fitness area and a kick-about space.
Magee Square -civic square- – This hard-landscaped civic square will address Hospital Street and include several retained mature trees.
The landscaping proposals also include two pocket parks with ornamental grasses, paved areas and
seating.
The overall redevelopment proposals for the former barracks site include employment, retail and healthcare uses: a supermarket and a cancer clinic to be delivered over three phases.