AFTER more than 20 years of dereliction, a major city centre site is to receive a new lease of life.
Councillors have approved plans to develop the former Telecom Eireann and Tait’s clothing factory site in Edward Street into a mixed housing scheme.
Thanks to €13m of funding from the Department of the Environment, construction will shortly get under way on the site. It is expected 40 to 50 people will be employed in construction there.
The plans will see 79 housing units, 58 of which will be houses and apartments for the elderly, a retail commercial unit and a community facility with a function room, exhibition area, meeting areas and other facilities.
During the Celtic Tiger, the council executive had on a number of occasion sought to sell the site to private developers. But these plans were constantly vetoed by the Labour/Independent bloc.
Construction on site could now be under way as early as September, according to Labour’s southside councillor Joe Leddin.
“It has been a long road. But I think it is a win-win for the site, the city and more importantly, for those people who will be accommodated there. It is the start of a new era,” he said.
At City Hall last night Cllr Leddin proposed the application, and Councillor Pat Kennedy seconded it.
Tender documents will now be drawn up, and a contractor will be appointed to build on site in the next month.