newgrange wrote:Are there definitely no health problems from toxic 'stuff' from when the gas was there?
Depends on who you ask.
The decontamination cost of this land was so great that it nearly halved the land's value when Bord Gais sold it over to the DDDA back in '98. Between the site of the Alliance gasometer (the metal red frame converted over into apartments) and the former gasholder site on Sir John Rogerson's Quay, you had any number of these tasties fortifying the soil: arsenic, cyanides, sulpur, pheonols, tars, aromatic hydrocarbons, and mineral oils. Yum! An Bord Pleanala rejected the original Zoe Development plan to build on the Barrow St site until they came up with a thorough environmental impact statement that would ensure the decontamination would be carried out properly. Turns out that the first 'thorough decontamination' of a separate gasworks site involved them digging out to a depth of 8 feet, while toxins were floating around at about 20 feet below. As far as I know, they kept their word on this one.
I love what they've done with the apartments in the gasworks frame. I'd live there in a heartbeat. As long as they don't gate it, rig it with attack dogs, or close off the courtyard, I think it's great that it exists as a very approachable structure. It's not public space in the truest sense of the word, but a better public space than one might imagine.
If you want wasted opportunity, just look at Stack A. Or has something wonderful and innovative happened there while I was busy breathing in. . . mmm. . . aromatic hydrocarbons?