— Dublin City Council owns car parks at the Ilac Car Park, Drury Street and Dawson Street/Schoolhouse Lane.
Now that developers have started to look at different uses for privately owned city centre car parks, is it time for a reevaluation of the Dublin City Council-owned car parks?
In 2018, plans to convert a section of Arnotts’ car park into a hotel were approved. The plan by developer Noel Smyth’s Fitzwilliam Real Estate group involves demolishing the three top levels of the Arnotts car park, (there’s an image of what it will look like in this tweet).
There’s also been a number of different plans for Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre’s car park, including to create an Omniplex 12 Screen Cinema and a temporary cinema.
And then, this weekend, there’s news of a proposal for offices replacing the Trinity Street car park off Dame Street:
The owners of the multi-storey car park on Trinity Street are seeking permission to demolish it. This would allow for traffic restrictions in the area. (thread) @streetsare4ppl https://t.co/idD9pTcVXt
— Dublin Commuter Coalition (@DublinCommuters) March 15, 2020
We asked “Could please confirm the names and locations of all off-street parks (1) owned by the city council and (2) the date of contract renewal where the car park is operated by a third party?” and this was the reply from the Dublin City Council (DCC) press office on January 29, 2020:
Multi-Storey Public Car Parks – leased by DCC
- Drury Street: Park Rite Ltd. – 5 year lease – expires September 2024
- Ilac Car Park: Park Rite Ltd. – 5 year lease – extended for a further 12 months – lease expires October 2020
- Dawson Street/Schoolhouse Lane: QPark Ltd. – 5 year lease – expires March 2021
Pay & Display Surface Car Parks located at:
- Strand Road: 3 public car parks located at Gilford, Martello and Sydney Parade
- Clontarf: 4 public car parks located at the Bus Garage, at the Dart Station, Hollybrook Road and Vernon Avenue.
- Ballymun car park: Main Street, Ballymun
- Part of the old Ballymun Shopping Centre car park
- Clonskeagh: Fish Market
- Milltown: The Dropping Well (Leased to the Pub, but with a condition that members of the public can use it to avail of local amenities/walks along the river)
- Swords Road/Whitehall Church – free surface car park – DCC own two thirds of this site, the Church own one third. Future development site.
According to parkopedia.ie, of the city centre multi-storey car parks which are council-owned:
- Drury Street has 465 spaces
- Ilac Car Park has 1,000 spaces
- Dawson Street/Schoolhouse Lane has 370 spaces
The Ilac Car Park is the second largest car park in the city centre (only surpassed by the privately owned St Stephen’s Green car park at 1,127 spaces).
Should the council be using valuable city centre space for storage of cars when it’s policy to reduce car use?