AFTER five years of planning, setbacks and the investment of over €130m to date, the first Regeneration project in the southside of the city has begun.
New tenants are set to move into the first construction project, a 33-unit development in Cliona Park, Moyross, in the northside of the city, in the coming months, as it now nears completion.
Meanwhile, the second housing build under the Limerick Regeneration plan is under way after contracts were signed. Five months after it took over responsibility for the Regeneration programme, Limerick’s local authorities have begun to see work on the €5.6million, 35-unit retirement complex at Carew Park, Southill. The contract was awarded to Clancy Construction
The development will comprise 22 two-bedroom and 13 one-bedroom apartments, a guest unit for people travelling from distances to stay overnight with one of the occupants, and a community room for social activities. The homes are scheduled for completion in late autumn of next year.
Minister Jan O’Sullivan said it was timely to see work commence on this building project, after years of demolishing nearly 1,000 homes in some of the city’s most disadvantaged estates. “Clearly, there was not the level of progress expected and hoped for in terms of building new homes but that is changing very quickly. Under the new Limerick Local Authority, which took over responsibility for Regeneration in June, the focus has very much moved to the build element of the programme and the Southill Older Persons’ Accommodation project is an excellent early example of this,” she said.
The minister said she will look forward to the advancement of other projects, and pledged to give her full support to the programme “so that we can together build a better future for the public in Regeneration areas and support the wider development of Limerick City.”
The regeneration project is now being overseen by Oliver O’Loughlin, director of services in City Hall. He said the commencement of this development is a “significant moment” for the Regeneration project.
Fr Pat Hogan, Southill, said this new development has to be welcomed in the community. “It will bring new lease of life to many of the old folk of our community and we look forward to its opening.”
Mayor Gerry McLoughlin said he hopes it will be “the first of many housing projects” over the coming years.
However, residents in Moyross earlier expressed dissatisfaction with the development there, saying they would protest at the official opening due to a number of grievances.