€30m for centre to house elderly
A new €30m development in Dublin city centre which will provide social housing for the elderly will start construction in the autumn.
The development of the Father Scully complex at Grenville Street and Gardiner Street, will consist of 99 one- and two-bedroom apartments for senior citizens who are on the social housing list on Dublin City Council.
The Catholic Housing Aid Society, a voluntary organisation which has acquired €30m from Dublin City Council for the project, said works will be completed in 2012.
Mr Donagh O'Daly, chairman of the society, says the new four-storey development will contain common rooms for the residents as well as the apartments.
"We'll be housing people who are on the housing list, but we will have a certain amount of discretion ourselves for people who approach us and who are not on the social housing list.
"We've advertised expressions of interest for a contractor, and we estimate that the building will start in October and take two years to complete."
Up to 70 bedsits have already been demolished to enable the construction, and planning permission has been "more or less secured" for the 99 apartments.
Mr O'Daly explained: "Most people coming to us would never have owned their own home and that's one of the pre-conditions. One person who is with us in Berkeley Road was living rough in Booterstown.
"It was brought to our attention by the priest, and now he's integrating very well in Berkeley Road. Broadly, it's people who wouldn't have houses themselves that stay with us."