Florentine Centre now expected to fall short with parking spaces
THE FLORENTINE saga continues, as reports circulate throughout Bray that Ballymore is expected to only deliver half of the 290 promised parking spaces in a week’s time.
After 13 years of planning disasters, delays and anger on the part of local traders over parking shortages, a team has been working on the development since August.
Developers had promised that, while they would not proceed with the Florentine Centre scheme as planned, they would complete 290 parking spaces by November and then proceed with up to two shops with an entrance on the Main Street.
The future of even the scaleddown development now seems uncertain as it emerges that there was reportedly no contract in place to seal the deal, but a letter and a handshake, according to a source. The alternative proposal omitted any apartments, as well a large portion of planned retail space. After a number of false starts, Ballymore finally wrote to Bray Town Council on July 22 this year, informing them that the scheme would not proceed in its original form.
Work on the much smaller alternative began in August, as promised, with developers having told Council officials, in writing, that a car-park with 290 spaces will be complete by November 7, and the retail element with an entrance on the Main Street will be ready and fitted out by May of next year.
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