Charlemont Street delight as 79 homes added

by Emma Nolan

A NEW social housing complex at Charlemont Street was unveiled this week, with 79 units being prepared for people on the housing list.
The apartments were delivered as part of a public-private partnership deal between Dublin City Council and developers McGarrell Reilly as part of the Charlemont Regeneration Project, and will be ready to move into in two weeks.
The development will replace the old flat complexes of Charlemont Gardens, Tom Kelly Flats, French Mullen house and St Ultan’s (locally known collectively as Charlemont Flats), which had a total of 214 units, including 56 bedsits.
There are 34 families still living in the original flats who will move into their new homes by the end of October, some of whom have lived there since they opened in 1969.
A community centre with an indoor five-a-side pitch, changing rooms and stage facilities is also set to open as part of the regeneration project, along with a further 184 private apartments, and retail and office space at Charlemont Street.
Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy spoke at the flats on Monday as the units were being completed.
He said: “This is a very welcome milestone in the regeneration of the Charlemont Street area, delivering 79 much needed homes along with vital community amenities for residents.
“This government is determined that the State will fund more direct-build schemes.
“We have ring-fenced more than €5bn between 2016 and 2021 to increase the total number of social houses in the State by a third over that five-year period.
“We currently have 63 developments on-site which are delivering 2,400 social homes, and there are more than 10,000 new homes in the programme to be delivered over the next few years.”
Brendan Kenny, deputy chief executive at DCC, thanked the local community for their “patience, resilience and support” during the development works.

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