Residents of an apartment complex on Townsend Street are outraged, as the demolition of their homes and an adjoining leisure centre has been proposed to make way for MetroLink.

The College Gate apartments residents at Townsend Street in the city centre have grown increasingly anxious over the future of their homes.

Under recently announced MetroLink plans, it’s believed that the homes were proposed for acquisition, then demolition, to make way for a station at Tara Street for the new rail service.

There are 70 homes as part of the apartment block, as well as the Markievicz Leisure Centre on the ground floor of the building, which has undergone an extensive refurbishment in the past few years.

Just two years ago, Dublin City Council spent €1 million on the renovation of the leisure centre.

A number of apartments within College Gate are also owned by Dublin City Council, which are currently being rented to tenants. Dublin City Council told Dublin Gazette they are aware of the issue, and have raised their concerns with the NTA.

The potential move has been slammed, particularly as almost 100 homes would be bulldozed whilst the country is in the midst of the worst housing crisis it has seen in years.

Deputy Jim O’Callaghan (FF) said the demolition of the station can, and should, be avoided and that the destruction of the building would be a “great inconvenience” for those in the locality.

He added: “It is extraordinary that a statutory body would recommend the demolition of 70 city centre homes while we are in the midst of a housing crisis that is continuing to escalate.”

Tenants, owner-occupiers and landlords at the complex have now formed the Save College Gate group, to attempt to prevent their homes being demolished as part of developments over MetroLink.

The residents have received no contact from transport authorities since May, despite having made submissions to the public consultations process in a bid to keep their homes.
The group proposed other local sites for the new station.

Deputy O’Callaghan said: “The National Transport Authority and Transport Infrastructure Ireland have both stated that College Gate must be demolished in order to construct a top-down MetroLink station at Tara Street.

“But there are a number of other suitable locations in the vicinity.”