Dublin House Project

Dublin City Council will launch the Dublin House Project on Monday 21st July at 11 a.m. on the site to be advertised for sale at 29/30 Fishamble Street, Dublin 8.  The Lord Mayor, Christy Burke and the City Architect, Ali Grehan will be attending the launch.
Dublin House is an initiative of the Housing Department through the City Architects’ Division to promote the potential of small-scale residential development in the inner city and inner suburban areas. It is a trial initiative to enable people to be citizen-developers by facilitating them to design and create their own bespoke homes for themselves in the city. 
The Lord Mayor said “I am delighted that Dublin City Council is introducing the Dublin House project as another initiative to encourage and enable families to live in the city centre. I look forward to seeing this initiative succeed in this historic part of the city.”
Ali Grehan, City Architect, said “Promoting diverse owner-occupied city centre family- friendly homes is the underlying aspiration of the Dublin House project. This offers households an opportunity to come together as a group to design and develop the site in a way that suits their housing needs today and into the future. Through this innovative project Dublin City Council also wishes to address the under-provision of this type of housing delivery in the city centre and hopes that this can be replicated elsewhere.”
Photos will be circulated to all picture desks by Jason Clarke Photography after the event on Monday
Information on the Dublin House Project will be available on http://dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-housing-city-architects-division...  from 9 a.m. on Monday 21st July, 2014.
For further information contact:
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277
Notes to the Editor:
Dublin City Council is prepared to sell the site known as 29 & 30 Fishamble Street to a Group of households who want to develop the site for housing for themselves. The Group of households will be required to design, build and finance homes for themselves on the site and to remain living in the resultant properties as their primary place of residence for a period of not less than 10 years or such shorter period as to be agreed with the Council by way of a Development Licence.
The main objective of the project is to demonstrate that family-friendly apartments are possible and desirable within the city centre, however households do not need to have children to be considered.  It would be envisaged that preferably no 1-bed units would be provided for in the development given that this household size has already been well catered for in the city centre, however a single 1-bed unit may be provided within the overall development where it comprises part of a larger development of family sized apartments. It is the under-provision of family sized private sector apartments in inner city locations that the Council wishes to help address through the Dublin House project as part of an exemplar project. 
The Council sees its role as providing the site and offering in-kind support to the successful Group of households so that this particular vacant site can become a model of international best practice as well as reintroducing residential use back into this historic part of the city.
The successful Group of households will be selected from a lottery of completed Application Forms from eligible applicant groups: i.e.: there must be a minimum of two, and a maximum of four households in the Group; and written confirmation must be provided that sufficient financial resources are in place.