Blackrock: Gas explosion site set for social housing
THREE houses which have lain derelict since a 2009 gas explosion look set to be rebuilt as social houses.
The properties on St Anne's Square on the Temple Road in Blackrock were damaged when one of the homes was destroyed by the explosion six years ago.
While nobody was seriously injured in the blast, all of the tenants were forced to leave their homes, two of which were council-owned.
The front of the house where the explosion occurred collapsed following the blast.
Now Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has finally begun to push forward with a new development on the site.
The council are negotiating with the owners of the privately-owned home to take charge of the derelict home.
They have also published a compulsory purchase order which, if granted, would allow them to assume control of the site.
Local representatives have been urging the redevelopment of the site for many years and Cllr Cormac Devlin welcomed the news that the plans were progressing.
"Five years on from the explosion, neighbours and businesses alike within the heart of Blackrock village would like to see this vacant site finally redeveloped," Cllr Devlin told the Herald.
"Blackrock has undergone something of a commercial rejuvenation lately, so it will be good to see the site cleaned up," the Fianna Fail councillor added.
"It has been an eyesore for people living nearby for a long time."
All three properties will need to be demolished and the council has said that there are plans to build social housing in the area.
At the moment the waiting list for social housing in the Dun Laoighaire-Rathdowncouncil area stands at more than 5,000 applicants.