A major town centre refurbishment has been announced for Ballina town.

Mayo County Council announces major refurbishment plan for Ballina town centre

Mayo County Council has announced plans for a significant redevelopment project which will see €10 million invested in Ballina town centre.

The project will involve input and investment by both public and private sectors, and will include a complete makeover and expansion of the existing town centre store by Tesco Ireland, development of a new car park in back lands acquired by Mayo County Council, with a new street linking Market Square and Pearse Street, and a major new commercial and residential block which will be the subject of a design and develop competition.

The overall project will dovetail with the ongoing work on the Military Barracks Innovation Hub and will allow for a major upgrade of the public realm in the Market Square, while the renovation of the existing Tesco unit will add significantly to the retail offering in Ballina.

“This is a big boost to the town of Ballina and it will certainly play an exciting role in the redevelopment of a key area in the centre of our town,” said the chairman of Ballina Municipal District, Councillor Michael Loftus.

The chief executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, added: “A lot of hard work and discussion has gone into the upgrade and the regeneration of Market Square and it is great to see the plans move to the next stage. Taken together with the work underway at the Mary Robinson Centre, the future for Ballina looks very bright.”