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  • Northside West

Locals sweep into Broome Lodge

Monday, 4th December, 2017 1:00pm
Locals sweep into Broome Lodge

Pictured at the opening are Brian O’Gorman, Chief Executive Cluid Housing (left), Eibhlin O’Connor, Head of Delivery Cluid Housing and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. PHOTO: CORPORATE PHOTOGRAPHERS DUBLIN

Locals sweep into Broome Lodge

Pictured at the opening are Brian O’Gorman, Chief Executive Cluid Housing (left), Eibhlin O’Connor, Head of Delivery Cluid Housing and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. PHOTO: CORPORATE PHOTOGRAPHERS DUBLIN

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OVER 50 senior citizens got the keys to new homes last week thanks to the opening of a new development of 43 one and two bedroom apartments in Cabra.

The Clúid Housing scheme was official launched by local TD and Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, and Dublin Lord Mayor, Mícheál MacDonncha.

Clúid worked in partnership with a number of stakeholders to deliver the much-needed housing in an area of high demand.

The Broome Lodge project is being delivered in partnership with Dublin City Council, the Housing Finance Agency, the European Investment Bank and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

In total, 51 senior citizens received the keys to their new homes in the complex last week. 

Clúid said that as part of its commitment to meeting the housing needs of all residents, Broome Lodge is specifically designed to promote independent living in an age friendly society.

“We are determined to keep pace with residents’ changing needs by developing schemes like Broome Lodge,” said Clúid’s Head of Delivery, Eibhlin O’Connor.

“We believe in supporting senior citizens to ‘age in place’, which means enabling people to stay in their home for as long as they wish.

That is why Clúid’s design standard follows the Universal Design principle in its approach to delivering sustainable housing.”

Universal Design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability.

Benefits of the approach include greater independence for residents and the elimination of the need for retrofitting or adaptation costs.

It also reduces the capital cost of disability grants and means less need for support services.

“We’re delighted to have worked with Dublin City Council to ensure those with the greatest housing and support needs were prioritised and allocated a ‘home for life’ at Broome Lodge,” O’Connor said.

“They include a number of people who were until now experiencing homelessness and others who were medical priorities.

“We believe that Broome Lodge will provide residents with a high quality of life and improved health in a safe, secure community.”

The entire Broome Lodge complex runs on an energy efficient heating system and combined with an affordable rent, this helps combat fuel poverty and supports residents to minimise their living costs.

The Cabra development cost just over €8 million while the average cost per apartment totalled just under €190,000. 

Construction was funded by loans from the Housing Finance Agency and financial support from the Department of Housing and Dublin City Council provided the site.

Local TD, Minister Paschal Donohoe highlighted just how important the new scheme is to the area.

“The investment by Government, in partnership with Clúid Housing, demonstrates our commitment to the people of Cabra and to the provision of better housing, new schools and improved infrastructure ensuring better standards and quality of life,” he said.

“Today’s proceedings at Broome Lodge act as an important milestone for Cabra West, and marks the official opening of homes for 51 senior citizens in our community.

“The redevelopment of this site is not only important because it provides homes for people who need them, it also transforms an area, which has been the source of dereliction and vandalism in the past, into one that is focused on building a sense of community and facilitating people with homes for life.”

Broome Lodge resident David Cassin pictured with Minister of State at the Department of Housing John Paul Phelan.

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