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Dublin City Council gives the go-ahead to U2's exhibition center

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U2's plans for an exhibition and visitor center in Dublin are alive and well.

The Dublin City Council approved a revised building plan on Wednesday, giving the go-ahead for a new facility that's expected to attract close to 400,000 U2 fans to the city annually.

The City Council balked at the building's original plans last summer, agreeing with local residents that the building was too big and would block natural light from reaching nearby apartments. Just a couple weeks ago, U2 and its team submitted new plans that called for the building to be about two meters (~8 feet) smaller. According to the Irish Times, Dublin planners said the newly shortened building "will make a positive contribution to the site and Dublin's urban fabric."

U2 and co-developer Paddy McKillen will have to pay the city more than €225,000 to help improve public infrastructure in the area.

The museum and visitor center will be located on the site of U2's Hanover Quay recording studio. It'll feature a variety of rare U2 artifacts and memorabilia, plus themed rooms that recount the band's history -- "Larry's kitchen" is one room name that's been mentioned already.

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