For Offaly County Council, a planning application will be submitted in the coming weeks for a commercial development of € 20 million at the old Coen site on Church Road, Tullamore.
The development has been around for a long time since the sale of the site last year and the new Riverside Center & # 39; seems to contain a shopping center, residential units, a cinema, restaurants and cafes.
The site changed hands last year with the move of Fitzpatrick's garage from the area to the road to Portarlington to free up the land for the ambitious project, which is being run by a number of local business people.
It comes at a time when Lidl also builds a brand new, state-of-the-art store in the same area, opposite Kelly's toy store on Church Road.
The construction of the new mixed-use center will create more than 200 jobs with further positions during the construction phase. As part of the planning application, an environmental and retail impact assessment will be carried out and TD Barry Cowen understands that both & # 39; positive & # 39; opposite the project.
Cowen, who played a key role in ensuring the availability of the site for commercial development, said that this would be a huge boost for the city.
Deputy Cowen explained: "It is very welcome to see that this development is being submitted for planning after a lot of hard work by many people.If approved, the development would represent an investment of € 20 million in Tullamore Town and would as living units, a cinema, restaurants and cafes would bring vitality and liveliness that Tullamore desperately needs. "
"To see that both national and international retailers are interested in the city gives me a lot of hope for the future and I know that the people from Tullamore and the surrounding communities are happy to see new leisure and shopping offers.
"If this succeeds, the jobs created in the construction phase and opened once would bring domino benefits to the Midlands region, and it is vital that we welcome such developments and re-establish Tullamore as an energetic city," concluded Deputy Cowen.