Revitalising the Midlands - O’Brien and Burke announce €25.8 million for Regeneration Projects Press Release 8th March 2pm
The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, and the Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government and Planning, Peter Burke TD, today announced €25.8 million in funding for four regeneration projects in Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath. The projects are being funded under ‘Call 2’ of the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF). The URDF part-funds projects aimed at enhancing urban areas to make them more attractive places in which to live, work, visit and invest.
The project for which Offaly County Council has secured URDF funds is:
Tullamore Urban Regeneration Development 2020 - €2.25 million
This project aims to facilitate compact and sustainable development in Tullamore town centre and supplements the Public Realm works carried out under the existing ‘Call 1’ project. This project comprises:
- O'Connor Square to Church Street Link - urban garden and ‘remote working hub’.
- High Street to Tanyard - New Street Link to improve access from High Street.
- Meath Lane Link and Civic Space – creation of a civic space to complement Community Arts Centre, currently under construction.
- Tullamore Regeneration Framework – framework for delivery of future integrated urban developments for Tullamore by both the public and private sectors.
- Tullamore Harbour Development Options Viability Appraisal Masterplan.
- Acres' Folly Enhancements – repair and restoration works.
These complementary projects form an integrated package. Together they build on the strategic vision for Tullamore town centre.
The €2.25 million in approved funding is in addition to €3 million in approved URDF funding for the ‘Tullamore Urban Area’ project, funded under ‘Call 1’.
Total URDF funding approved to date: €5.25 million