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'Great boost' as green light given for 276 new housing units in Dublin

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Councillor Christy Burke

Councillor Christy Burke

Councillor Christy Burke

Several multi-million euro housing projects have been given the go-ahead for major regeneration projects.

Dublin City Council (DCC) has said it has received approval from the Department of Housing for the comprehensive regeneration and building of more than 276 housing units across Dublin.

The regeneration proposal at Constitution Hill Housing Complex in Dublin 7 involves 66 extended and retrofitted apartments, 64 new apartments, one commercial unit and a creche, costing €44.5m in total. The existing complex had 90 apartments.

The council has also received stage one approval for the construction of a new scheme on lands at Kildonan in Finglas.

It consists of 166 new social housing units with a mix of family and older persons being catered for.

It includes provision for 15 units for the Tus Nua (Homeless) project currently operating at the site. The estimated budget is €28.5m.

The green light has also been given for the redevelopment of St Finbar's Court in Cabra.

This proposal consists of 46 new homes for older people and has a €14.3m budget. The demolished complex originally had 29 bed-sits.

Local Independent councillor and former lord mayor Christy Burke said it is a "great boost to the housing provision needed for the city".

"Due to all the hardship endured because of the Covid-19 lockdown, this is good news to boost thousands of people," he added.

Milestone

In a letter to councillors, DCC deputy chief executive Brendan Kenny said that while there was still a good way to go on all the projects, the approvals represented a key milestone and momentum to bring them to fruition as soon as possible.

"We will notify councillors as part of our monthly housing delivery report on start and completion timescales as they become clear," he wrote.

"While all of the above represent key milestones in some key projects, they form only a relatively small part of Dublin City Council's overall housing programme and pipeline over the next few months and years."

Meanwhile, a wide public procurement process carried out by the council has now selected a design team for the Emmet Road (formerly St Michael's Estate) regeneration project.

The design team is Bucholz McEvoy, which has a strong international and national reputation.

This project proposes the development of close to 500 new homes, 70pc of which will be for a cost rental scheme.

The balance will be for social housing and it will also include commercial, retail, community facilities and open spaces.

The design team will have responsibility - under the guidance of DCC - to prepare detailed plans for submission to An Bord Pleanala, to get ready for hiring a contractor and to oversee construction.

Their work will begin immediately.