Tender deadline passes for Abbeylands work

The tender period for enabling works ahead of the redevelopment of the Abbeylands area in Cavan Town is set to concluded on Thursday.

The redevelopment of backland areas, connecting them to the town core, is central to the Abbeylands redevelopment plan.

This will entail the demolition of some older buildings within the footprint of the proposed development, which aims to transform the county town centre.

Enabling works could begin as soon as this summer, with full construction set to begin by early 2025.

The enabling works are expected to take three months to complete.

Members of the Cavan Belturbet Municipal District rubber stamped the plans back in April 2023, under Part 8 of the Planning & Development Act.

The local authority intends to incorporate a business and innovation centre at the former McIntyre’s site, and a community services hub at the former Donohoe’s Foodfare property, purchased in 2021 for close to €750,000.

It will also involve a change of existing zoning for the area from Residential to Commercial space, and the proposed works include heritage preservation of the existing medieval tower and stone walls.

Townhall Street and its carpark in Cavan Town have already undergone significant renovation and redevelopment, with funding totalling €750,000 transforming the area to make it more attractive to visitors and tourists.