By Dan Walsh
A recent visit by Darragh O’Brien TD, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to Wexford’s Trinity Wharf has been hailed as “an ambitious economic plan to support job creation and economic investment in the county” and members at last Monday’s special meeting to discuss the draft County Development Plan held in ‘the Street’ at Wexford County Council headquarters at Carricklawn were treated to a short promotional presentation.
Trinity Wharf is strategically located on a prominent 10-acre site overlooking Wexford Harbour with unrivalled panoramic views from its coastal location on the Wexford quay front. It is expected to maximise opportunities for growth and foster a dynamic ecosystem into a development that will transform Wexford and the South East Region.
The overall cost is €110 million. Wexford County Council has investment under the Government Project 2040, Urban Regeneration Development Fund with combined funding of €20 million.
An additional €7 million is ringfenced by the elected members of Wexford County Council for the landmark project, which will see a portfolio of public and private investment building on the reputation of Ireland as centre of excellence for FDI and European headquarters for multi-nationals.
Trinity Wharf will be completed in two phases and will accommodate several elements including headquarters of the Maritime Area Regulatory Authority (MARA), 200,000 sq. ft of commercial office space, hotel accommodation with an international partner, restaurants and retail units, conference facilities, and a 64-berth marina, a new boardwalk linking Trinity Wharf with Paul Quay and the Crescent, an urban greenway, and in phase two – residential apartments.