City renaissance gathering momentum #Limerick2030

first_imgWhatsApp Linkedin Print 400 worked on the Nightfliers series at Troy Studios – set to double footprint.Troy Studios, Plassey.“We own Troy Studios and have a tenant out there, Seefill Ltd trading as Troy Studios, delivering fantastic employment opportunities for this region and supporting opportunities for a knowledge based industry and a film based industry. 400 were employed while ‘Nightflyers’ was being shot here.“Bear in mind Troy used to be an abandoned Dell factory.”Last year the studios announced plans to double its footprint; Ireland’s film tax credits are the international incentive to this investment.Gardens International, Henry Street. “The official opening will take place shortly. 51 per cent of the building has tenants already with about another 3,500 sq ft to let.”The 2030 boss is especially proud of the pioneering energy and construction efficiencies. Behind the old style Mercantile Building doors, showers are installed on the tenant’s request for eco-friendly workers who cycle or run to work. “It’s less about carpets, more about bikes.”“Gardens International showcases what we can do for Limerick. It was 2017 when we saw the first crane over it and that to me saw a sea change in what we can do to bring Limerick back.”Plaza view to downtown Opera SiteOpera Site, Patrick Street /Michael Street. “The planning application will be lodged shortly, in a matter of weeks.” After signing off on the 150 drawings and 19 chapters that form the planning submission, he hopes that this marks the beginning of the long-promised redevelopment of the prime city centre site.“If passed, it will be a new living room for Limerick – the library team came up with that idea and they want ownership of the project. There were three weeks of public consultation back in April 2017 –  clearly looking to obviate the objections that stymied schemes over the years.Now working with a brief “to relate to the heart of the city,” there will be funky stuff such as an aparthotel, bijou retail and cafés, even a mirror pool for ice skating, hosting markets and useful as a band/ festival platform.Respect for historic grandeur is strong: “We have an awful lot more of the listed buildings included than in previous schemes. At one level this is a heritage-led project.”The Cahill May Roberts monolith will be knocked and a 14 storey tower goes up. Overall some 16 per cent of this contemporary village within vintage corners will be residential, not including the hotel where his offices are.Mungret Park:“We have been asked to create a master plan for the 60 acres owned by Council. There was public consultation in June and we go back out to the people and tell them what the report says.The master plan is nearing completion: “We have lost 15 per cent of the site to heritage elements on it.” Future proofing is essential and “there will be provision for diverse lifestyles from the cradle to the grave.”Cleeves, Fernbank: See video enclosed for his vision for this “multi-service, multi-use” mystery campus speared by that towering brick chimney.David Conway – the man behind the #Limerick2030 projectBALLYKEEFFE born and reared, David Conway witnessed the brick by brick development of 1973’s Crescent Shopping Centre from his front garden.This is the consumer mass that flourished to become the Mid-West’s largest and most successful shopping/ leisure campus. Expansion is ongoing annually.“Dad (Noel, deceased) was born on O’Connell Street and raised there. He worked in the Crescent, O’Connell Avenue, in General Assurance as a broker. Mum Margaret is from outside Tipperary town.”From An Mhodh Scoil’s handball alleys, the go-ahead pupil, never without his bike, landed at Crescent College Comprehensive and “became passionate about rugby, playing for Garryowen under 10s under the great Paddy Reid.”He looks back with immense fondness on his days as a Garryowen Senior Goliath. He’s still a big fella.Graduating in PE from Thomond College, he went on to work with the IRFU and came back to UL in Sports administration when the UL Arena was coming up.Leading in on the major sports complexes in Dublin was satisfying.“I love sport and reading about my passion but what I really love is building. I built my own house, that was the first thing I built and went on to manage major projects.”While pushing on Limerick 2030 and its planning, the investment and employment targets (“we are making good progress!!”) he returns toMungret as heritage site; the masterplan is in progressPhoto: Cian Reinhardtmarried family life in County Meath at weekends.What he loves about Limerick? “I will miss not going to Thomond Park on Saturday.” [Munster just about took the Exeter Chiefs on January 19].“Theatre is great here, there is cinema at Belltable on Monday nights and Limerick has a fantastic food offering.”He likes touring favourite haunts up and down city streets for lunch. “You could eat somewhere different every day for a month and the quality is exceptional.”What do you want for Limerick?“For Limerick to take its rightful place and to manage to build on from what it has been in the past.” Facebook Email LIMERICK’S socio-economic renaissance is increasingly evident in bricks, mortar and industry tenancies in the city and suburbs. Two of five principal development projects under the auspices of Limerick City and County Council – Mungret Park and the Opera Centre – are progressing to An Bord Pleanála submission.Their construction alone promises a major employment boost for the hinterland with 3,000 workers involved in the Opera Centre development.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The engine pulling these projects is Limerick Twenty Thirty Strategic Development DAC. Its chief executive is David Conway, a son of Limerick who returned to bed in foreign and indigenous investment in the city skycap. Tenant negotiations are ongoing across various sectors.He pilots Limerick 2030 from the former AIB branch in Patrick Street which itself will be demolished to facilitate the central Opera Centre Plaza.Contracted since April 2017, his accomplishments include the National Aquatic Centre, which attracted a one million footfall in its first year of completion, as well as being the primary agent in bringing through its house, the National Sports Campus.His current agenda includes Gardens International, Opera Plaza and the Cleeves Riverside Campus. His team is also working on the sprawling 60 acres of Mungret Park that are owned by Limerick Council.“Limerick 2030 was set up as the market had failed dramatically here,” is the first point this Dooradoyle local makes. “The company is unique in Ireland and even Europe. There are seven of us here and we keep the team very small, hiring out on a project basis,” he explained.The five main pillars of the 2030 strategy are: NewsBusinessCommunityVideoCity renaissance gathering momentum #Limerick2030By Rose Rushe – January 26, 2019 1138 Twitter Advertisement Previous articleEmergency plan needed to tackle youth crime in LimerickNext articleBereaved family want report on father’s death Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Postlast_img read more

Howie Kendrick, Jimmy Rollins reflect on Dodgers trade

first_imgDodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman sees Kendrick as a good fit.“Howie is gifted on both sides of the ball,” Friedman said. “The off-field, right-center approach fits our ballpark well. The offensive profile, bat-to-ball approach, we feel fits well in the context of our roster. We feel like our middle infield is a real strength for us in 2015.”Speaking of extending Kendrick’s contract, Friedman went so far as to say that “I’m sure those conversations will happen at some point … assuming that things play out well.”Like Kendrick, Rollins had never been traded before this year ‑ a rarity in today’s game. His 15 years in Philadelphia were the longest of any current player with a single team. It allowed the 36-year-old shortstop to record more hits than any player in Phillies franchise history (2,306) and also gave him enough seniority to veto any trade.Rollins said he would have approved trades to the Dodgers and both New York teams, in that order.Why the Dodgers?“One, I’ve always loved blue. That’s my favorite color,” he said. “They’re just winning right at this very moment. Seeing the way they interact on the bench reminds me of Philadelphia, the joy of playing with each other.”That’s an interesting observation, considering the overall lack of chemistry in the Dodgers’ clubhouse at times during 2014. Rollins believes he can be a leader in the room, in spite of his inexperience with his new teammates.Friedman seemed to agree.“Jimmy brings some grit to our team,” Friedman said. “He’s very experienced playing baseball in October. He still has a lot of life in his body. A switch hitter, a good defender. He adds that element of speed to our lineup that we were looking for.”Playing in different leagues on different coasts, Rollins and Kendrick have never crossed paths. Friday, each man said he became a fan of the other from afar. Maybe at some point it won’t be weird seeing Kendrick and Rollins wearing Dodger blue, and everyone with a ticket to Dodger Stadium will be a fan too. Howie Kendrick has been an Angel his entire career, dating to the time he was drafted 12 years ago. Yet he never bought a house near Anaheim, he said, “for the fact that I’ve almost been traded every year.”It finally happened last Thursday, when the Angels shipped the 31-year-old second baseman up the freeway for young pitcher Andrew Heaney. On Friday, Kendrick was introduced at Dodger Stadium. He was wearing his familiar number 47 on the back of an unfamiliar jersey. There were no hard feelings toward the Angels, he said. How could there be when a trade seemed inevitable for so long?“I understood what the Angels were trying to do,” he said. “They needed pitching. Every time somebody called to talk to them it was about me. I knew at some point it was going to be one of those things where if they got the right offer, I was going to be moving.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Kendrick probably knew a trade was close at hand when the Angels did not meet Kendrick’s interest level in working on a contract extension earlier in the offseason. He is set to become a free agent in a year.“Luckily enough for me it was a crosstown team,” Kendrick said. “It feels good to be able to go up the freeway and not have to change much, the family aspect of things.”PHOTOS: Howie Kendrick puts on a Dodgers cap and jersey for the first timeKendrick’s two sons, 5-year-old Owen and 3-year-old Tyson, joined him at his press conference Friday. They got new hats, too.The bigger adjustments will be for Kendrick himself. He will have a new ballpark, a new league, and a new double-play partner in Jimmy Rollins after nine seasons pivoting alongside Erick Aybar.last_img read more

Broward Man in Wheelchair Struck by Lightning, More Storms Likely Today

first_imgDangerous lightning has struck another South Florida resident.A wheelchair-bound Broward man was hit by lightning yesterday in Pompano Beach in Leisureville on West Golf Boulevard.The 38-year-old was found unconscious and taken to the hospital in critical condition.The storm also brought flooding to the area, and more storms are expected today and throughout the week.last_img

Forest Service Gate Closures Begin October 1

first_imgThe mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.  For general information on the Olympic National Forest, visit Submitted by US Forest ServiceOlympia, WA – Seven gates within Olympic National Forest will be closed and locked for the winter beginning on October 1, 2013.  The closures will last through April 30, 2014, and will occur on the 2451 road in the North Fork Skokomish watershed; on the 2354, 2353, and 2361 roads in the South Fork Skokomish; and on the 2294 (two gates) and 2270 roads in the Wynoochee watershed.These closures are part of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Olympic National Forest and the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.  They are designed to: 1) increase wildlife utilization of habitat; 2) reduce the siltation of lakes and streams; 3) provide diverse recreational hunting opportunities; 4) reduce harassment levels on deer and elk; and 5) increase the survival rate of buck deer and bull elk.The closures extend only to the use of motorized vehicles; accessing the road systems behind the gates via hiking or mountain biking is still permissible.  For questions, please contact Betsy Howell, Wildlife Biologist, at Olympic National Forest, 360-956-2292. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

West Side Activist Ben Forest Running for Red Bank Mayor

first_imgBy Jay Cook |RED BANK – Ben Forest has been a familiar face at Red Bank borough council meetings over the past two decades, usually found sitting in the first few rows. But after an announcement last week, Forest has his eyes set on another seat altogether.Forest, a West Side resident and activist, announced via his personal Facebook page last week that he is running in the Democratic municipal primary later this month for his party’s nomination in the Red Bank mayoral race.“I take no pleasure in announcing my candidacy against Mayor Pat Menna today,” Forest said in his video. “I’ve known him for probably 30 years as a town attorney, councilman and as a mayor. I think too many issues have gone unaddressed and unresolved in our town, and I think it’s time for a change.”Forest, a married father of two, has been a Red Bank resident since 1996 and lives on Locust Avenue on the West Side. He has been on the Red Bank Board of Education since 2005 and was elected as board president unanimously three times. He’s also been a board member with Clean Water Action since 1994.Forest said over the past few years he’s aired opposing views on two developments. The first was 55 West Front St., approved for development last year as the Element, a four-story, 35-unit residential complex on a vacant lot across from Riverside Gardens Park and now under construction. He was concerned with how the redevelopment process has played out.The other issue, Forest noted, was how the borough council has handled the White Street parking lot development and the ongoing conversation of whether or not a multistory parking garage should be built on the municipal-owned property.“It’s clear that the leadership in town needs to be reevaluated. There are just too many things not getting done.”Other platforms Forest supports are a thriving downtown, a data-driven solution to Red Bank’s parking issue, a safe and walkable community, updating Red Bank’s master plan and embracing Red Bank’s strong cultural roots.“I love the culture. I love that I can walk to a theater,” Forest said. “We want this to continue and we want to help.”After some jostling over the past few months, it seems the Democratic primary race for mayor has slimmed down to two candidates – Forest, and incumbent mayor Pasquale Menna, now nearing the end of his third term as mayor.“Ben has every right, and so does anyone else, to submit their nomination,” Menna said. “I look forward to it.”Menna told The Two River Times earlier this week he anticipates he will again seek reelection as mayor.“The council in Red Bank, with my leadership, are trying to grapple with a number of important issues that are still unfinished,” he said. “We’re trying to get some more accomplishments done.”In December, former Red Bank councilman Michael Dupont said he was considering a run for mayor, but has since changed his mind because of some business opportunities he wants to pursue, he said. Dupont, a Democrat, said Wednesday he is fully endorsing Menna for re-election.Dupont was ousted from Red Bank’s governing body in 2015 after losing to current Republican councilman Michael Whelan by only three votes.Forest said Red Bank Democrats will hold a municipal convention on Feb. 25 to pick between himself and Menna, so far the only two candidates in the ring. A candidate has until Feb. 16 to file a letter of intent, Forest said.The mayor’s seat in Red Bank comes with a four-year term and is selected through its own ballot question in November. Menna hasn’t faced a challenger for mayor since current Republican Monmouth County Freeholder John P. Curley ran against him in 2006. Menna won that race by a 106-vote margin. Former Red Bank Mayor Ed McKenna Jr. did not seek re-election in 2005 after 16 years as mayor.This article was first published in the Feb. 8-15, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2016)–There’s a new voice in town. Australian-born Michael Wrona, who was named the Voice of Santa Anita following a rigorous audition process this past winter, is set to handle the full-time announcing duties when Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet kicks off on Friday, with first race post time at 1 p.m.“I’m ready,” said the popular Wrona, 50, at Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner Wednesday morning. “It was a great honor to be named the full-time announcer this past spring and I feel much more at home coming into this meet. Kathy (longtime fiancé) and I got married in Lake Tahoe right after the Spring Meet ended in July and we just spent about five weeks in Australia, which was fantastic.“We’ve closed out our apartment in San Francisco and we’ve finally got everything down here now, so we’re both greatly relieved to be completely moved in and settled. It’s a great feeling and I truly believe we’re in for some world class racing with California Chrome, Beholder and so many other top horses competing here this Saturday and of course, during the two-day Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 4 & 5.”After making his American racing debut at Hollywood Park in 1990 at the tender age of 24, Wrona’s life has been nomadic by any measure, as he’s taken on assignments in Chicago, Texas, Louisiana, the eastern seaboard and most recently, the San Francisco Bay Area over the course of the past 26 years.“I’d like to say that I wouldn’t change anything, but that wouldn’t be entirely true,” said Wrona. “While I’ve had a great time everywhere I’ve been and met a lot of great people, I’ve been wanting the stability that this job offers for a long time now. I really can’t put into words how important this position is to Kathy and I at this point in our lives.“I consider Santa Anita the top track in America and there’s no question the best horses in the world will be competing here over the next six weeks. I can’t wait to get started on Friday.”And neither can Wrona’s many thousands of fans who will anxiously await his signature “RACING!” when the starting gates spring open for race one.For more information on Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet and two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 4 & 5, please visit read more

Pastore denies Thiago Silva claims over PSG exit

first_imgTransfers Pastore denies Thiago Silva claims over desire to leave PSG Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 02:14 1/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) javier pastore - cropped AFP Transfers PSG Nantes v PSG Ligue 1 The Brazilian defender told reporters that Pastore wants to leave the Parc des Princes side in January but the midfielder insists that is not the case Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Javier Pastore says team-mate Thiago Silva was wrong to suggest he has asked to leave the club.Neither Pastore nor Edinson Cavani have played in PSG’s last two games after returning late to training from the mid-season break.Silva suggested following Wednesday’s 2-0 in the Coupe de la Ligue with Amiens that Pastore had pushed for a move this month, only for the club to fail to find a suitor. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, the 28-year-old insists he wants to stay at Parc des Princes for the rest of his career.”I never spoke with [Thiago] Silva about my problem or my future,” he wrote on Instagram.”I never put pressure on anyone. It’s not my style.”He doesn’t know the problem I had that made me arrive late…”I’ve always been loyal. It’s not true that I want to leave I would like to stay here to finish my career.”Pastore has scored four goals in 13 appearances in Ligue 1 this season, having struggled with an injury in September. He is contracted to the club until June 2019.last_img read more