Dublin Central is a billion Euro property proposal to develop the Carlton Cinema site on O'Connell Street.
Under a 1.25 billion euro plan for the area, the facade of the Carlton Cinema which closed in 1994, will be relocated down the street to make way for a new square. In total three public squares are proposed, along with two new pedestrian streets, rooftop restaurants as well as retail and residential development. The centrepiece of the development will be a 12 storey building with a roof garden soaring 50 metres above Henry Street, which will be accessible by cable car.
The developers for the project are Chartered Land, who also developed Dundrum Town Centre. Chief Executive of Chartered Land in Dublin, Dominic Deeny believes the ambitious shopping and restaurant quarter will bring many benefits to the heart of Dublin city.
By 2013 the area may well be transformed, but this will hinge on the developer successfully coming through the planning process. The major obstacle to overcome will be height restrictions.
Kevin Duff of An Taisce's Dublin City Association warns
An Bord Pleanála has indicated it's committed to protect the skyline of this important area in O’Connell Street in request for significant changes to the recent Arnotts plan.
Dominic Deeny remains optimistic about the plans,
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 April 2008. The reporter is Martina Fitzgerald.