The Irish Independent reports today that Dolores O’Riordan (remember her?) has finally received permission to build four mansions in Alicante, Spain after nearly ten years of legal wrestling.
The Independent also published a brand new photo of Dolores today. This is her first public appearance in nearly a year.
Dolores purchased a 20,000 acre tract of coastal land called Tossal del Tender near the village of Benissa, Spain in 1996 after touring the area via helicopter. The land is one of the very few sites in that area of Spain that remains undeveloped. Since then, Dolores has been fighting a battle with the local deveopment board for permission to build on the land.
Originally, Dolores intended to build a hotel on the land, although this plan was rejected by the local development board. In 2001, Dolores set up a development venture named Paradise Hills with the plan of building four large homes. The development board again rejected this plan, after Benissa’s municipal architect pointed out that there would be too many technical problems in developing the land without disturbing the environment. Click here to read Zombieguide’s report from 2002 on that development.
In 2003, the town finally gave O’Riordan a tentative approval for the project. On Tuesday, October 3rd, the board gave O’Riordan final approval to begin building. The board approved under the stipulation that Dolores build an additional 30 homes on the property and sell these to the public. Irish real estate agent Jaime Jaen estimates that the finished complex will be worth a total of €13m (about $16 million US).
This is the latest in a number of investments that Dolores has made in recent years, including the purchase of a run-down mansion in Dublin for improvement and an aborted restaurant venture.
Source: Irish Independent