A NEW permanent home for the Butler Gallery came a step closer to reality with the Kilkenny Borough Council voting to adopt the proposed development on the Evans Home site near the Carnegie Library.
The planned project involves the phased refurbishment of the Evans Home, the development of a sculpture garden and the construction of a new art gallery adjoined to the existing building.
The plans for the new building have been designed to combine the historic Evans Home building with a more modern design element, featuring a bronze clad finish, in the planned extension.
The Council received seven submissions from concerned citizens in relation to the planned development.
The majority of the submissions were in relation to the visual impact that the planned extension would have on the area. The council has addressed the concerns of citizens. It stated that the new building is higher than the existing building but that this relationship is common on sites in Kilkenny.
Labour Councillor Sean O’hArgain proposed the development, and Green Part Councillor Malcolm Noonan seconded it. Cllr Noonan asked that “A community aspect be considered for the gardens.”