A long closed industrial premises in Co Kildare is set for redevelopment.

Work on the demolition of the existing buildings at the former Donnelly Mirrors factory site on the Dublin side of Naas has just started and will take about three months.

Donnelly Mirrors opened in Naas in 1968 and was a significant employer in the area. It closed at the end of 2007 with the loss of some 280 jobs.

At the time, the Canadian owners of Magna Donnelly Electronics said production would be switched to other Magna plants in the United States and Europe.

A representative of Edelvale Properties Limited, a locally based concern which owns it, said the company is looking forward to the development of the site "in a way that is workable and commercially viable".

Currently the area - and the derelict former Cemex plant next door - is zoned for enterprise and employment.

The Cemex factory manufactured concrete pipes and was the subject of a stalled planning application by Applegreen for a service station and offices on its 3.7 acre site. It closed in 2007 and 50 jobs disappeared.

Local Fianna Fáil TD James Lawless previously called for an easing of land use restrictions to facilitate the development of both sites.