Delight as €21m plan for St Mary’s begins

by Emma Nolan
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ST MARY’S Mansions flats in the north inner city are undergoing a multi-million euro redevelopment.


On Friday, Cluid Housing began a €21m redevelopment of the northeast inner city flat complex, joined by former and future residents, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy and Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe.


Former resident Elsie Campion, who lives in Cluid’s nearby Killarney Court scheme, said: “The whole community is thrilled to see this going ahead! It’ll make a huge difference to the area.”


The flat complex was built by Dublin Corporation nearly 70 years ago and is in need of total refurbishment to bring it up to current housing standards.


The regeneration works are scheduled for completion in mid-2019 and, when complete, will provide high-quality social housing to 80 local families and single people.


The works will include the addition of two new floors and will be laid out as one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments and duplexes.


The plan will cost just over €21 million. Cluid will finance the project with  loans from the Housing Finance Agency, European Investment Bank and financial support from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.


Cluid’s New Business Director, Fiona Cormican, said the charity are “absolutely delighted to see this regeneration project get under way”.


She added: “The redevelopment of St Mary’s Mansions will provide much needed social housing for local people and it is going to have a phenomenal impact on the local community.”


The project is being delivered through a partnership between Cluid and Dublin City Council, Dublin North East Inner City, the European Investment Bank, Ganson, the Housing Finance Agency, Inner City Organisations Network and Rebuilding Ireland.


It is the first major redevelopment in the area following the publication of the Mulvey Report in 2016 which highlighted the need for action to make the northeast inner city area a safe, attractive and vibrant living and working environment for the community and its families, with opportunities for all to lead full lives.


The redesign is focused on the input of existing and new residents and a number of key features were specifically included to enhance overall quality of life.


These include communal social and play areas, a community room and socially aware landscaping. At the heart of the regenerated St Mary’s Mansions scheme will be a central courtyard designed to support community activities.

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