Phibsborough Shopping Centre owners seek to introduce co-living scheme

by Dublin Gazette
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Owners of the Phibsborough Shopping Centre are seeking to introduce a co-living scheme into the redevelopment of the site, it has been reported.

Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien TD announced a de facto ban on co-living spaces in late November, though this was not signed into law until December 22.

However, according to the Irish Times, the owners of the Phibsborough site, MM Capital, submitted an application to An Bord Pleanála for a co-living scheme with 321 single rooms in the interim before the legislation was officially put into law.

Previously, there had been plans for blocks student accommodation on the site as part of the €50 million redevelopment of the site, which was granted permission two years ago. There is also set to be an increase in the amount of retail space on the northside site.

Redevelopment of the site was delayed following a dispute between the site owners and a tenant, where the anchor tenant of the shopping centre objected on the grounds that deliveries would be blocked to their store by the plans.

In the newly submitted plans for co-living, which also address the concerns of the anchor tenant, the rooms will be 18sqm each across six floors in two blocks.

There are expected to be four kitchen and living areas on each floor, with 18 smaller ‘cluster’ rooms and 16 wheelchair-accessible rooms.

It is expected, if permission is granted, that the two co-living blocks would be positioned on top of the existing one-storey shopping centre on Phibsborough Road.

Cllr. Colm O’Rourke, who is Fine Gael Councillor for the area and a local resident, said: “Having consulted with the wider community about this proposed redevelopment, most residents are saying to me that Phibsborough Shopping Centre is in need of a makeover.

“[However], they have serious concerns with this application and believe it is not an accurate reflection of the type of development that is needed for the Phibsborough area and that they would prefer proposals that would better provide for the community. 

“It’s definitely a proposed development that is generating a lot of discussion among people in Dublin and I would remind people of the importance of submitting their views through the An Bord Pleanála process before the last date of submissions on January 25.” 

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