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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Priory Hall complex to be renamed as homes go on the market early in 2016

Reconstruction at Priory Hall
Reconstruction at Priory Hall

Apartments in the notorious Priory Hall development will go on sale early next year following a €27m upgrade of the former fire-trap complex.

Dublin City Council has confirmed that 60 apartments will be sold early in 2016, with the remaining 124 going onto the market towards the latter end of the year.

In an attempt to remove its historic association with shoddy building work, the development will be renamed as 'New Priory Donaghmede'.

Originally built by former IRA hunger striker Thomas McFeely, the revamped development will comprise 187 apartments and three commercial units built over seven blocks.

Tender documents seen by the Herald show that the city council is now reaching the end of substantial construction works which involved addressing serious fire safety risks and structural defects which forced fire officers to evacuate 41 families from their homes in 2011.

There will be 164 two-bedroom apartments, and 23 one-bedroom units.

"It is intended that all apartments and retail units will be put on the market for sale as they are completed except those which have remained in the ownership of non-resident owners/investors," the council said in tender documents.

Completed

"There will also be two basement car parks and a number of landscaped areas. It is anticipated that work will be completed on 60 apartments in blocks 1 - 7 early in 2016, with the balance of 127 apartments and three retail units being completed towards the end of 2016.

"The 60 apartments will comprise 57 two-bedroom units and three one-bedroom units."

It is not clear how many of the units remain in private ownership. Dublin City Council was unable to provide details on the expected selling price.

The city council agreed to redevelop the complex, located on the Hole in the Wall Road in Donaghmede, following a protracted dispute resolution process.

Owner-occupiers who bought in the development had their mortgages written-off in 2013 following a two-year struggle after a deal was brokered by the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of the Environment. The families were rehoused by the council at a cost of €3m.

Properties owned by Mr McFeely will be sold to cover part of the upgrading works.

Dublin City Council is now seeking a management agency to maintain the complex, and the contract is expected to run for three years.

The company is expected to maintain common areas, and ensure that landscaping is carried out. Submissions are invited by November 6 next.

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