Plans emerge for repurpose of old Tech building in heart of Athlone

Plans for the repurpose of the old Tech building on Northgate Street have been welcomed by Athlone Deputy Mayor, Cllr Aengus O’Rourke.

Speaking to the Athlone Advertiser this week, Cllr O’Rourke, noted that a feasibility study is currently in progress to examine the suitability of the building as an enterprise support facility incorporating a co-working, remote working facility.

“In my role as Mayor of Athlone and the Municipal District, I gave a commitment last year to work hard and examine all credible options for the old Tech building on Northgate Street.

“The building has looked depressingly idle and derelict now for far too many years and unfortunately the current leaseholders have not maintained the building, nor have they any immediate plans for its development.

“The current lease reaches its natural conclusion in 2027 when the building will return into the control of the local authority.

“However, my proposal to draw up plans to repurpose the building into a ‘co-working hub’ in partnership with Athlone Institute of Technology, the current leaseholders, has now moved a step closer.

“With the assistance of the Just Transition Fund and Athlone Chamber of Commerce, a feasibility study is underway to examine the suitability of the building as an enterprise support facility incorporating a co-working, remote working facility. In my view this would be a most suitable use for the building, and the prime location is further ideal for this purpose.

“The building is in close proximity to the centre of Athlone, located adjacent to the new cycleway and not far from the motorway - realistically, it is the perfect location.

“The old Tech building has been idle for too long, it occupies a very commanding position in the heart of Athlone and ultimately necessitates a new lease of life.

“I am determined that we find the right fit for this beautiful, listed building, one that is sustainable into the long-term. My aspirational vision is for a new modern economic support facility incorporating an educational arrangement in partnership with the new Technological University.

“From a personal perspective, I spent my third level years studying in this prominent building and to be in a position to ensure its potential repurpose for the betterment of our community is an esteemed privilege,” Cllr O’Rourke asserted.

 

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