Plans for the former La Touche hotel site
WHILE many of us have fond, if somewhat hazy, memories of 21sts in the ballroom and ‘pound a drink’ nights in the nightclub, the La Touche Hotel is unlikely to ever be a hostelry ever again.
A site notice at the former La Touche Hotel indicates that plans are afoot to develop the site. Cllr Derek Mitchell spotted the notice this week and it is dated December 22. A company named on the notice as ‘Kavere La Touche’ has applied for permission to develop 26 houses of three and four stories in the shell of the old hotel and 58 car spaces. The also intend to use the old bank for commercial purposes and to redevelop 1,000 metres squared of commercial space behind the frontages of two houses on Marine Terrace. A public open space, seats, a play area and lawn will face the sea. Cllr Mitchell said that the one-time hotel is the most prominent building in Greystones and he welcomes movement on its development. ‘ The front and back walls of the old building have preservation orders, but it has been a derelict eyesore for over 10 years.’ The bank, used recently as a restaurant, was the first purpose built bank building in Ireland, he added.
The building became derelict after its closure in 2004 and was plagued by a series of fires. It was on the market for €15 million in 2009 however sold by the receiver for far less than that in recent years. In 2005 planning permission was previously granted on the site for 85 apartments as well as offices.