The refurbishment of Loughrea Town Hall has taken a step forward, with the county council now advertising tenders for a design team for the project.
This project will involve the refurbishment and fit-out of the town hall as a cultural, tourism, creative and enterprise hub in Loughrea town centre to give a boost to the local economy.
The Department of Rural and Community Development has allocated €1.6 million for the project from the Rural Regeneration Development Fund, out of a total budget of €2.2 million.
“This marks the first step in the procurement process and I am delighted that the project is progressing,” Galway East TD Seán Canney said.
“When completed, the project will regenerate Barrack Street and bring back into use an iconic building that has been closed since the late 1980s.”
The Independent TD said that the new building is expected to create 74 jobs over the course of three years, and generate an additional €3.5 million for the local economy.
Galway County Council is carrying out the project in partnership with a wide range of local stakeholders including Loughrea Chamber of Commerce, Loughrea Arts, Recreation and Culture (LARC), Naomh Brendáin Credit Union, Loughrea TidyTowns and the Sustainable Energy West Committee.