NOT FOR THE first time, a row has broken out over developer Johnny Ronan’s ambition to build a tower that surpasses Dublin city norms.
In an explosive submission to city planners, the high-profile, Celtic Tiger-era developer warned that thousands of jobs could be lost at Salesforce if he doesn’t get permission to add two storeys to the US tech giant’s planned docklands ‘tower’.
In the letter, obtained by the Sunday Business Post through freedom of information laws, Ronan claimed that a refusal to grant permission for the revised 11-storey building would create another “Apple fiasco” – a reference to the doomed data centre in Athenry.
Although the city council is currently reviewing existing height restrictions in the capital, the process could take longer than Ronan is willing to wait – and may not yield the outcome he’s hoping for.
Meanwhile several nearby property owners have banded together in an effort to prevent Dublin City Council from approving the Salesforce project, which they say would “make a mockery of the planning scheme process” if given the green light.
They say the area in question forms part of a strategic development zone that caps the maximum permissible height at eight storeys.
With that in mind, we’re asking Fora readers this week: Do you think Dublin should relax its building height restrictions?