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  • Northside West

A new era dawns

Tuesday, 10th July, 2018 8:00am

Story by Tony McCullagh
A new era dawns

Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government; Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform; and Cllr Nial Ring, Lord Mayor of Dublin, turned the sod for the development of the first phase in the regeneration of O’Devaney Gardens last week. They are pictu

A new era dawns

Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government; Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform; and Cllr Nial Ring, Lord Mayor of Dublin, turned the sod for the development of the first phase in the regeneration of O’Devaney Gardens last week. They are pictu

A NEW era finally dawned for O’Devaney Gardens last week as the sod was turned on the first phase of a massive redevelopment scheme.

The first phase of the project will deliver 56 social homes with a budget of more than €20 million. The overall redevelopment, which will cost in excess of €100 million, will see the provision of approximately 600 homes with a mix of tenures, social, affordable and private dwellings.

The regeneration of the Dublin 7 flats complex, which was built in the 1950s, has been delayed since 2008 after a public-private partnership deal between Dublin City Council and a developer collapsed during the economic downturn.

Last week’s sod-turning ceremony was attended by Eoghan Murphy, the Minister Housing, Planning and Local Government; Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform; and Cllr Nial Ring, the newly elected Lord Mayor of Dublin. 

Under ‘Rebuilding Ireland’, the regeneration of O’Devaney Gardens is described as a ‘Pathfinder Project’, showcasing the provision of large-scale, mixed-tenure housing in an inner city setting. It is one of three development sites that Dublin City Council owns and offers the combined potential to provide over 1,600 homes. 

The Government believes that these sites offer the opportunity to create three new, high quality urban quarters. The other two sites are at St Michael’s Estate in Inchicore and Oscar Traynor Road in Coolock. 

 The strategic location of the O’Devaney Gardens and the potential that exists for greater synergies with Stoneybatter and Grangegorman will be promoted in the development. It is also in close proximity to amenities such as the Phoenix Park and Heuston Station. 

The regeneration of the complex envisages a high quality residential quarter comprising quality new homes supported by a complementary range of mixed commercial, community and recreational facilities.

Speaking at last week’s ceremony, Minister Eoghan Murphy said: “Regeneration goes beyond mere bricks and mortar and in order to be successful and sustainable in the long-term, requires the rebuilding of a community and a strengthening of community bonds. 

“These new social homes will be built to the latest standards and the highest quality and I’m sure the tenants will be delighted with them when they are finished. Arrangements are well in train to complete the development of the remainder of the site.”

 Minister Paschal Donohoe added: “This Pathfinder Project, adjacent to both Luas lines and other transport links, has the potential to be a model for sustainable communities, with mixed tenure accommodation, co-located with educational, social and cultural amenities. 

“The regeneration of O’Devaney Gardens will provide much needed social and affordable homes in a thriving quarter of the nation’s capital.”

 Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring, said: “I commend the work of all those who were involved in bringing this project to this stage, including Central Government, who have provided funding, and the local community who have waited patiently for the work to begin.”

However, Fianna Fáil general election candidate for Dublin Central, Mary Fitzpatrick, said that developing the O’Devaney Gardens site to its full potential will take more than “opportunistic” photo-ops and sod turning ceremonies.

She stated: “We had all hoped locally that we would see a building programme announced that meets the varied needs of our community. O’Devaney Gardens is a land bank with huge potential for meeting these needs.

“While it’s welcome that they have finally, after 10 years, commenced the project, announcing the beginning of construction for 56 units on a 14 acre site is nowhere close to the development expected and needed.”

 

 

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