FIRST SOD TO BE TURNED ON THE REGENERATION OF TOM KELLY HOUSE, CHARLEMONT STREET, DUBLIN 2

Councillor Dermot Lacey, representing an tArdmhéara Críona Ni Dhálaigh, will turn the soil on the regeneration of Tom Kelly House, Charlemont Street, at 2pm today, with Kevin Humphreys T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection.  The regeneration is being procured via a Public Private Partnership (PPP) process which resulted in the selection of McGarrell Reilly Group as the preferred bidder.

Phase one of this project will see the construction of 79 social housing units which will be ready for occupation in 2018, as well as state-of-the-art community facilities. The community centre will include an indoor five-a-side pitch, basketball court, stage facilities, computer room/internet café, meeting rooms, office space with kitchen area for staff, toilet and showers and reception area.  There is also an outdoor play/hang-out area.  All remaining residents of Tom Kelly Road flats, some of whom have lived there since they opened in 1969, will move to new and upgraded homes, which will be called ffrench-Mullen House after Madeleine ffrench-Mullen*.

Later phases will include the construction of a further 178 housing units as well as a substantial amount of commercial and retail space.

Commenting on the redevelopment, Cllr. Lacey said, “This is the beginning of a new phase in the life of this strong Dublin community and I would like to thank the residents for their contributions and their patience as the final redevelopment plan was being prepared and agreed”.

Minister of State Kevin Humphreys said, “This is a long-awaited development that will provide much-needed new homes for the area. The project will regenerate this part of the city, providing quality homes and shops. This is another example of the recovery underway in communities across Dublin”.

Sean Reilly, Executive Chairman, McGarrell Reilly Group said, “We are pleased to be partnering with Dublin City Council to deliver high quality homes for this community, who have been patient and supportive throughout this process. I would like to thank the Council, our funders AIB and Cardinal and also Building Contractors JJ Rhatigan for their commitment to make this regeneration development happen.”    

Jackie Brady, Chairperson of the Charlemont Redevelopment Group welcomed the development saying, “This is an old estate with a settled community who have waited patiently for their regeneration to start and this is a big day for us”.

 

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Notes to the Editor:

This social housing project is located off Charlemont Street, Dublin 2. The site extends to 5 acres. Until early 2014 the estate consisted of six housing flat blocks in three groups:

  • Site of Charlemont Gardens, constructed in 1969, consisting of 30 flats in one five storey block. Demolished in 2014.
  • Site of ffrench-Mullen House, constructed in 1941, consisting of 13 flats in one four-storey block. Demolished in 2014.
  • Tom Kelly Road Flats, constructed in 1969, consisting of 138 flats across four five-storey blocks.

The redevelopment site also includes the site of the former St. Ultan’s flats which were demolished some years ago as part of the regeneration of this site.

There is an existing stand-alone community building, a small playground and a concrete football pitch. There are currently 46 of the 138 flats in Tom Kelly Road occupied, with a population of approximately 100 people.

A Regeneration Board was formed in 2014 to oversee the redevelopment. This has formalised the mechanisms of consultation and decision making in relation to the regeneration. It is chaired by an Independent Chairperson, Niall Crowley, and is made up of the local community, key stakeholders from the public sector involved in providing services to the community and political representatives from the area.

*Madeleine ffrench-Mullen, together with Dr. Kathleen Lynn, founded St. Ultan’s Hospital for women and infants at 37 Charlemont Street in 1919 which sought to improve some of the worst medical conditions affecting women in Post World War I Dublin. A nationalist and a suffragette, ffrench-Mullen was also the Secretary of the Charlemont Public Utility Society which was formed to establish affordable housing in the area. Her life’s work was to improve the conditions of the poor.

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