Plans for a creche and bingo hall at the site of The Fairways Hotel on the Dublin Road have been scrapped, Talk of the Town can reveal.
Work on the new retail complex site began in December when part of the old portion of the hotel was demolished.
Since then local firm Denis Williams Design Services have been busy clearing the site and erecting the steelwork for the new retail units planned for the site.
A digger demolishing part of the former hotel last December
Part of the initial plans was for a creche and bingo hall to be located here but developers Wonderglade have now sought permission to change them to three retail units and a coffee shop.
Louth County Council are due to make a decision on this by July 9th.
Owners East Coast Catering, who acquired The Fairways hotel and its 5.8 hectare site for €2.5 million in June 2015 are proceeding with plans for a supermarket and retail units, on the site.
Talk of the Town reported in December how Musgraves had expressed an interest in opening a new SuperValu at the location.
An artist’s impression of how the revamped site will look
It is also understood that 93 new housing units, comprising 49 townhouses and 44 apartments in four blocks, will be built on site, while the newer part of the hotel will be upgraded and reopened. The breakdown of this residential area would be 14 four bed houses, 17 three bed houses, 18 two bed houses, 35 two bed apartments and 9 one bed apartments.
The Fairways Hotel, formerly the Glendevlin, was developed in two phases, firstly in the 1960s and subsequently in 2000.
The original 44 bedroom hotel, function room and nightclub consists of a three storey flat roof structure. Phase two was added 16 years ago and comprises a conference centre with six syndicate rooms, a large reception area and a three storey accommodation block comprising 56 bedrooms. The total footprint of the building extends to approximately 0.7 hectares (1.75 acres).
Around 80 jobs were lost when The Fairways was officially closed on January 5th 2015.